BY PETER JENNINGS
THE POSTULATOR of the cause of Cardinal John Henry Newman has died suddenly aged 80 years.
Fr Vincent Ferrer Blehl Si died on November 14 in Freiburg, Germany.
Fr Paul Chavasse, Provost of the Birmingham Oratory, said that the sudden death of Fr Blehl had "deprived the world of Newman scholars of one of its leading members".
Fr Blehl was chosen in 1980 to be the chairman of the historical commission, charged with investigating Newman's life and virtues. On the successful conclusion of that work, in 1986, Fr Blehl was appointed the postulator for Newman's Cause, a position he still held at the time of his death.
Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham said: "Fr Vincent Blehl's work in making known the life and holiness of Cardinal John Henry Newman has been most important.
"In this he has served the Catholic Church in England and Wales most generously."
The archbishop added that he hoped that a successor will be found as soon as possible to take up Fr Blehl's work as postulator of the Newman cause.
Forinv we reflect upon Psalm 118 , which praises Almighty God for the gift of the Law, celebrated by the Psalmist as a shining lamp on the often dark path of life.
"The author rejoices in the Torah as a revelation of the mystery of God and a moral guide fur the life of the people, uniting God and man in a dialogue involving words and deeds. teaching and listening. truth and life.
"The verses that we ponder today are prayed at the break of dawn, after a night prayer in the Temple. As the morning liturgy begins with the first light of day, the Psalmist expresses the sure hope that God will hear his prayer after the night he has spent meditating upon God's word.
"His persecutors seek to betray him, but now all fear vanishes, for he knows that God will listen and act on his beha II.
"The entire Psalm is an exaltation of that wonderful and consoling truth: 'You, 0 Lord, are close."