Perhaps the single most influential convert to Catholicism since Augustine, the great Cardinal Newman will be beatified some time next spring. I'm not sure how long it's been since the last time anon-martyred Brit was beatified. Then again, Cardinal Newman may tell us that he suffered enough in his journey of faith to be counted among the white-robed army of martyrs.
Our Sr. Mary Emmanuel must really be rejoicing today. She's one of those "Newman mavens" who has read his books and meditated on his sermons for so many years that she serves us all as an informal in-house encyclopedia not only on the man and his writings, but on writings about him. She even seems to feel with him some of the trials he experienced in his lifetime, for example, his strained relationship with the pious, hymn-writing Father Faber. And since composer Edward Elgar (he of "Pomp and Circumstance") set Newman's poem "The Dream of Gerontius" to music, Elgar also benefits from Sr Emmanuel's particular sympathy.
Do you have a favorite work of Newman's that you refer to on a somewhat frequent basis? Have you read any biographies? Share with us!