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Blessed John Henry Newman Contest

Cardinal John Henry Newman will be beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday, September 19 in Birmingham, England. We want to tell you about our new contest and about our new John Henry Newman online specialty store.

The Holy Father is making a pastoral visit to Scotland and England, having arrived Thursday, September 16. Pope Benedict XVI has long been a great admirer of the life and work of the great English convert John Henry Newman and this visit is a perfect opportunity to familiarize everyone with Cardinal Newman's many works and ideas.

In honor of Cardinal Newman's beatification, we launched a John Henry Newman online specialty store a few months ago. Browse the store right here.
Keep up with the events of the Papal Visit to Britain right here. Please remember to pray for Pope Benedict XVI during his visit too!
We also want to tell you about a contest we are having which honors Cardinal Newman and all the great English converts of the past 150 years. Dale Ahlquist, president of the American Chesterton Society, has provided us with several signed copies of two of his books about G. K. Chesterton. All you have to do is submit a short statement, perhaps a paragraph, telling us how the works or the witness of any one of the great English converts has touched your life and inspired your Catholic faith. We will publish the “winners” on our blog, with only their first names made public. Just post your comments here! Our contest ends September 24th.

Yes, you've won and the book's on the way.

Brandon Vogt
Brandon Vogt

share: Two of the best are Fr. Omer Engelbert's "St. Francis of Assisi - A Biography" and G.K. Chesterton's "St. Francis of Assisi".

Brandon Vogt
Brandon Vogt

These twentieth-century English converts played profound roles in my life, both in my initial conversion to Catholicism two years ago, and in my continuing conversion today.

In particular, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and John Henry Newman each held a match as the flame of my initial conversion was lit. Lewis baptized my imagination, teaching me wonder and the "good, but not safe" God. Chesterton taught me common sense and the value of Tradition through his "democracy of the dead". And Newman taught me how to pursue Truth, following the "kindly light" wherever it may lead.

I still consider "Mere Christianity", "Orthodoxy", and "Apologia Pro Vita Sua" must-reads for anyone seriously pursuing the Truth, Catholic or Protestant, Christian or not.

Most of all, these three poetic prophets pointed to the Presence beyond. Rare is it that an author is famed not for his own greatness, but for how greatly they lead others to Another--to God. These three men have been my prime spiritual tour guides, pointing out, walking with, and ultimately introducing me both to Jesus and his Bride.


Can anyone recommend a book about St. Francis

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