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Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VII (of 8)

John Henry Newman

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. . .Suppose he has joined the multitude in saying and doing what he should not. We know the careless, thoughtless, profane habits which most men live in, making light of serious subjects, and being ashamed of godliness and virtue; ashamed of going to church regularly, ashamed of faith, ashamed of chastity, ashamed of innocence, ashamed of obedience to persons in authority. Supposing a person has been one of these, and then through God's grace repents. It often pleases God, in the course of His Providence, to rouse men to reflection by the occurrences of life. In such circumstances they certainly will have a severe trial to stand against the world. Nothing is more painful in the case of such persons, than the necessity often imposed upon them of acting contrary to the opinion and wishes of those with whom they have till now been intimate,—whom they have admired and followed. Intimacies have already been formed, and ties drawn tight, which it is difficult to sever. What is the perso. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A gorgeous edition of some of Newman's finest preaching. A classic example of Christian moral and biblical preaching by one of the finest minds of the 19th Century.

It took me several years to gradually read through this huge collection of sermons - originally published in eight separate volumes - but it was well worth it, and I just can't praise it highly enough. Reading this has been a life-changing experience. Newman's combination of zeal, compassion and...more

The best book I have ever read on living as a Christian completely and authentically. Newman roots out many peculiarly modern heresies, and forces his reader to acknowledge the incredible struggles and joys at the heart of Christian orthodoxy.