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October 9th: Saint John Henry Newman, priest and cardinal

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Gospel text (Mt 13:47-52): Jesus said to the disciples (...): “Every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” Jesus said to the disciples: “The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind. When it is full they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”“Do you understand all these things?” They answered, “Yes.” And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”

Today we celebrate Saint John Henry Newman, priest and cardinal of the Catholic Church. He was born in London. After studying at Oxford University, he became an Anglican priest. A few years later, having read and consider it a lot, he converted to Catholicism, in 1845. Two years later he was ordained into the Catholic Church and consacrated cardinal.

Newman distinguished himself as a great scholar and writer on many questions of philosophy and theology of his time. He was in love with the truth. He read very carefully the writings of the oldest Fathers and authors of Christianity.

—Saint John Henry also dedicated himself to pray a lot and, as a good shepherd, he did not save time in caring for the sick and disadvantaged in the place where he lived.