From Miss Patricia Taylor Sir, In order to canonise the Ven John Henry Newman the Church does not require him to perform miracles. God performs miracles, responding to the intercession of a potential saint.
Before canonisation the Venerable John Henry Newman would need to be beatified, and for that it is necessary for the faithful to have a devotion to, and pray to Newman to inter
cede with God for the miracle. Newman would need to be the main intercessor.
The Pope would dearly love to beatify him, but even he would need Newman to obtain a miracle. I have spoken to many people about devotion to our Cardinal and they frequently say that they have been "put off because Newman is too intellectual".
There is no doubt that Newman was an intellectual giant and brought many gifts to the Church.
What is less well known is that he was a wonderful pastor, loving the poor, the sick, and children — and that, for all his adult life. As long as he was able he heard confessions and frequently visited the sick.
He loved Littlemore because the people were so poor. He built a school for the children and taught them himself, taking delight in their progress.
Apart from most conscientiously visiting the sick, he nursed them, in particular in Bilston where the parish priest had become ill with cholera.
Bilston was not in Newman's parish but he and other Oratorians went there and physically nursed the patients.
He made and loved life-long friends and children loved him, as did the Catholics and nonCatholics who came into contact with him.
To help us to know and love John Henry Newman more the CTS has produced a most readable booklet; John Henry Newman, Apostle to the Doubul.
May Newman's "kindly light" lead the faithful to know and love the real man and pray to him, especially for the terminally ill. This is the only way that he will be beatified and eventually canonised. We must pray.
Yours faithfully PATRICIA TAYLOR Witney, Oxon