August 31, 2017

Blessed John Henry Newman on the Pastoral Office

Blessed John Henry Newman

Thus, every pastor must strive to deepen the understanding of his pastoral office as an instrument of sustaining communion of faith within the body of Christ; he is to grow in fellowship with his bishop — the custodian of the apostolic faith in the diocese; and he must not tire of exercising this office by teaching the revealed truth to his flock, celebrating the Mass with them, and governing his flock in pastoral charity.

— Blessed John Henry Newman
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Prayer for the Canonization of Bl. John Henry Newman

Eternal Father, You led John Henry Newman to follow the kindly light of Truth, and he obediently responded to your heavenly calls at any cost. As writer, preacher, counsellor and educator, as pastor, Oratorian, and servant of the poor he labored to build up your Kingdom. Grant that through your Vicar on Earth we may hear the words, 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter into the company of the canonized saints.' In the name of Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.

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