To celebrate the Canonisation of John Henry Newman in Rome on 13th Oct. 2019, please see the prayer below and the words of John Henry Newman himself.

Remember him in the words of Lead Kindly Light, which he wrote in 1833 and which became one of the world’s most beloved hymns.

Lead, Kindly Light, amidst the encircling gloom,

Lead Thou me on!

The night is dark, and I am far from home,

Lead Thou me on!

Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see

The distant scene, one step enough for me.

Let us pray

Lord God,

may the search for understanding ,

the love for the needy,

and the wisdom and courage

of St John Henry Newman

encourage us and all believers

to be more generous followers of your Son,

our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen

“God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work. I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments. Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain. He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me. Still, He knows what He is about.”