A RCH131SHOP Masterson of Birmingham has sanctioned a prayer to promote the beatffication cause of Cardinal Newman.
This prayer-which has been said in many parts of Canada for some years-is being printed with a short prayer by Cardinal Newman himself, and the Archbishop has attached an indulgence of 200 days which may be gained by those who say it in the Birmingham diocese.
An Oratorian, Fr. Humphrey Crookenden, of the Birmingham Oratory, is arranging for the printing of the prayer on the back of a picture of the Cardinal.
This move towards Cardinal Newman's beatification was begun a few months ago by Mgr. H. Francis Davis, vice-rector of Oscott College, with an article in the October issue of Illackfriars, the Dominican review.
"If," he wrote, "wc are to judge by his influence upon others, both during his life and since, surely few men's causes would start under better auspices."
Mgr. Davis told THE CATHOLIC HERALD this week that he is still receiving letters from people who owe their conversion or other great spiritual help to Newman's example and works, and that a pamphlet will be published soon with an appeal to Catholics everywhere to be interested in and pray for the cause.
Mgr. Davis came to London at the beginning of the New Year to give five lectures on Cardinal Newman at the Newman Centre.
On Sunday he preached at the West End Church of St. James, Spanish Place, appealing for prayers. He outlined Newman's life and spoke of him as "the prophet of our time."
Newman, he said, first hoped to save England from the spirit of deception and worldliness through his mother Church of England by means of the Oxford Movement. That failed through the inherent weakness of the Anglican Church and led Newman to see that the true Church of Christ, which alone could resist the League of Evil in the modern world, was the Catholic Church.
"We Catholics." said Mgr. Davis, "must prove ourselves worthy of Newman by learning more about him and his works, and by praying that the Holy Spirit may, if it is His will. enable the Church to see and proclaim Newman's sanctity.
"The time is not yet ripe to ask Rome officially to introduce Newman's cause. First, the people of Newman's own England must gain a private devotion to him, pray and intercede with God to work miracles as a witness of his godliness.
"Not only must we read about Newman. we must as much as possible get hold of his works and read him. His sermons. for instance, would he appreciated easily by everyone, and need no introduction, especially the volume of 'Discourses to Mixed Congregations,' which are pure Catholic doctrine."
In one of his lectures, Mgr. Davis said : "Prophet differs from prophet in that each adapts his message to a particular time and place. Whereas St. Thomas preferred to present the truth in unadorned logical terms, Newman teaches us how to make it acceptable to actual men and women of our own civilisation.
"Yet one does not supplant the other. Newman completes St. Thomas and St. AugtOne, yet still depends upon his predecessors; and all three presuppose St. Paul.
"It was Newman's genius to realise the importance of the individual in the individual circumstances in which God has placed him."