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  • Perfect Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sophia Institute Press (August 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933184965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933184968
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia
"Blessed John Henry Newman is remembered for the brilliance of his mind and the persuasive power of his writing. But above all, Newman touches the heart. He wins the reader with clarity and beauty, as evidenced on every page of this wonderful book. His work is a labor of joy; it changes us for the better. Everyday Meditations is the kind of book that, if taken to heart, draws us into the arms of God."

James D. Conley, S.T.L., Bishop of Lincoln
"Everyday Meditations will change your life. Blessed Newman's reflections will speak to your heart helping you grow in faith, hope and love."

Fr. C. John McCloskey, Research Fellow at the Faith & Reason Institute
"Who would not want to have arguably the greatest theologian and convert maker of the last two centuries at his side as he enters into conversation with the Lord on a daily basis? This book will help you immensely in your struggle for holiness and winning the world for Christ and His Church."

Stratford Caldecott, Director of the Centre for Faith & Culture, Oxford
"It is sometimes hard to pray, and often we are distracted from God's presence, though He never leaves us. Nothing makes it easier to remember Him than to follow the prayers and meditations of a holy person such as Newman: we become like children, led by the hand of a gentle and kindly father; or like wanderers once lost in the dark, following the warm light from an open doorway. These prayers and meditations are from Newman's heart, and this new edition of them is a great gift."

Pope Benedict XVI
"Blessed John Henry s teaching on prayer explains how the faithful Christian is definitively taken into the service of the one true Master, who alone has a claim to our unconditional devotion."

--Personal Endorsements

About the Author

Blessed John Henry Newman was an Anglican clergyman and teacher at Oxford University who eventually became a Catholic in 1845. Soon afterwards he was ordained a Catholic priest and started the English Oratory of St. Philip Neri. Newman, a prolific writer of English prose, was an educator and the founder of the Catholic University of Ireland. Pope Leo XIII made him a cardinal in 1879. Pope Benedict XVI beatified him in Birmingham, England on September 19, 2010.

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Happily, I think this book solves this problem perfectly.
If you want to express your love for God, but don't have the words, then try, "An Act of Love."
Stuart Dunn
The meditations are mostly short and a good read with coffee in the morning.
Anne M. Parks

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Dunn TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 2, 2013
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Everyday Meditations is a collection of fifty meditations that range in length from two to four pages each. Topics include God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Mary, Sin, the Eucharist, etc. The book is arranged in such a way that similar topics are grouped together and thus you can build on your understanding of each topic by reading and reflecting on the same topic for several sessions in a row. However, you do not have to read this book in order. If you wanted to meditate on Good Friday, you could read the meditation "The Power of the Cross." If you want to express your love for God, but don't have the words, then try, "An Act of Love."

I generally try to pick a section in the book that I view as my favorite part. With this book, however, that is an impossible task, as each meditation will speak to different people in different ways. The message that I obtain from a meditation might not be the same message you obtain. In fact, the message that you obtain on your first reading of a particular meditation might be different on your next reflection of it. That is the beauty of works such as these. They lend themselves to being read and re-read. I will share with you a quote from one meditation that spoke to me though. With this brief quote, I hope to show you how simple, yet profound each meditation is. From "The Passion of Our Lord," Cardinal John Henry Newman writes:

"O tormented heart, it was love and sorrow and fear that broke you.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pete on August 17, 2013
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Blessed John Henry Newman is perhaps one of the most well-known converts to Catholicism in Church history. Thanks to Sophia Institute Press we now have a handy volume with select writings of this great man. This volume gives you an opportunity to increase your faith and learn a little on the spiritual thought of Blessed John Henry Newman. Taking it one step further the book provides a short biographical introduction to John Henry Newman by Bishop James D. Conley.

The book contains 50 meditations covering a wide variety of topics. Subjects include Hope in God the Creator, The Priesthood of Jesus, The Sorrows of Mary, The Effects of Sin, The Food of the Soul and The Sacred Heart. These need not be read in order. You could either randomly turn to a meditation, or concentrate on topics of interest. The table of contents serves as a handy directory allowing you to flip to the meditation of your liking.

As an example of Newman's writing style I offer this quote which was one of a number of my favorites. This comes from the meditation The Priesthood of Jesus. "The last day of the earthly exchange between Jesus and Mary was at the wedding feast at Cana. Yet even then there was something taken from that blissful intimacy, for they no longer lived simply for each other, but showed themselves in public and began to take their place in the dispensation that was opening. He manifested forth his glory by his first miracle; and hers also, by making her intercession the medium of it. He honored her still more by breaking through the appointed order of things for her sake and, though his time of miracles had not come, anticipating it at her request. While he wrought his miracle however, he took leave of her in the words "Woman, what is between you and me?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jac1745 on November 11, 2013
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This book--comprised of fifty short meditations drawn from Newman's works--was refreshing on a few levels.

In the first instance, it made Newman highly approachable, even for the busy person or neophyte reader of Newman. The meditations are brief, but brilliant, & it's been a delight to have "coffee with Cardinal Newman" in the mornings, using these perfectly-sized portions of Newman's work which sacrifice neither the depth of his insights nor the beauty of his writing.

I know individuals who would balk at reading Newman because of his intellectual stature, sophisticated style, and sustained argumentation. Happily, I think this book solves this problem perfectly. It includes a concise introduction to the life and legacy of Newman by Bishop James Conley, and each 2-3 page mediation is a lovely immersion into the mind of the saint, making this a book which I could recommend to and share with anyone--especially in the interests of gaining Newman's work the wider readership it deserves.

Finally, the meditations themselves surprised me. They showed a side of Bl. Newman which was new to me--not just Newman, the intellectual giant, but also Newman, the struggling saint, the man learning to incorporate grace and revelation into his fallen soul. The fact that Newman emerged from this spiritual fight victorious (as his recent beatification attests) makes him a reliable guide for all of us experiencing that same struggle now. I found a lot of hope in these pages, and loved especially the many passages reminiscent of the psalms, & the beautiful insights into the nature of contrition and work of the Holy Spirit.

In short, a lovely & approachable collection of the saint's writings, sure to bolster the spirit of Christian hope in every reader.
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