Canonisation of John Henry Newman
Cardinal John Henry Newman will be canonised as a new saint of the Catholic Church on this Sunday October 13th by Pope Francis in Rome. A saint is a man or woman who is recognised as having an outstanding degree of holiness, likeness or closeness to God.
Saints are made by official Church declaration or by popular acclamation (a folk saint). Newman may fit into both categories because of the impact he made on the teachings of the Catholic Church and the popular appeal of his devotional writings. Many of his prayers and hymns are very familiar to us and are part of the treasure of our faith for many generations.
Prayer for Perseverance
Perhaps Newman’s most famous prayer of all is the much–loved prayer for perseverance:
May Christ support us all the day long
till the shades lengthen
and the evening comes
and the busy world is hushed
and the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then in his mercy
may he give us a safe lodging
a holy rest
and peace at last.