A beautifully printed, Bible paper volume of Newman's most
profound devotional writings. His meditations on the Litany
of Loreto for the month of May, and on the Stations of the
Cross are already recognized as classics of Catholic spirituality.
And in his meditations on Christian doctrine Newman
shows that the source of true piety is sound teaching. His
verses on various occasions are profoundly inspiring as are
the spiritual hymns and canticles which distill the wisdom of
the incomparable Newman.
In addition, also included are all the beautiful and inspiring
devotions of Bishop Lancelot Andrewes, translated by
Newman himself and used by him as the primary source of
his own spiritual life.
Louis Bouyer, one of the greatest Newman scholars who
wrote the Foreword for this work, says of these: "Newman
quite believed that in these exercises of Andrewes he had discovered
that form of prayer which springs directly from the
word of God and leads to a life fully lived in Christ. Not only
as a priest, but later on as a cardinal of the Roman church,
he would keep the Preces privatae on his kneeler for his daily
preparation and thanksgiving before and after Mass and for
his most personal meditations."
POINTS OF INTEREST
• Newman will be canonized a saint this year
by Pope Francis, which should generate a lot
of renewed interest in Newman’s spiritual and
• Pope Benedict XVI considered Newman his
mentor and most important spiritual teacher,
and he travelled to England in 2010 to officially