Yearly Archives: 2019

22 10, 2019

Salve Fundator, Pater et Magister

2019-10-23T08:20:16+00:00October 22nd, 2019|

Some saints stand alone. We appreciate their heroism without reference to their antecedents. Think of St Teresa of Calcutta. We recall her loving care for the poorest of the poor before we remember that she was Albanian. Or Padre Pio. We remember that he was a mystic and a stigmatist before we think of which branch of the Franciscans [...]

21 10, 2019

The Canonisation of Our Cardinal

2019-10-21T13:47:55+00:00October 21st, 2019|

On Sunday, 13 October 2019, Cardinal Newman was canonised by Pope Francis at St Peter's Square. In addition to the canonisation itself, the occasion was celebrated with a vigil of prayer and celebratory concert at the Papal Basilica of St Mary Major, a Musical Oratory at the Chiesa Nuova and a Mass of Thanksgiving at the Archbasilica of St [...]

17 10, 2019

A Long Discipleship

2019-10-24T11:05:14+00:00October 17th, 2019|

Preached by the Father at the Solemn Pontifical Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by His Eminence, Cardinal Nichols at the London Oratory on Thursday, 17 October. Divine providence helped John Henry Newman to follow Saint Philip's Neri's admonition to those who wished to become holy: be humble and stay low. After The Parting of Friends in 1843, Mr Newman was no [...]

1 09, 2019

Newman’s Canonisation

2019-10-16T14:00:00+00:00September 1st, 2019|

None of us has any doubt that the canonization of John Henry Newman is going to bring manifold graces to the universal Church. Once he is declared a saint he no longer belongs exclusively to the Oratories he founded in England. Saints belong to the whole Church. Saints are canonized for the good of the whole Church. I am certain [...]

30 07, 2019

Regina cleri, ora pro nobis

2019-10-16T14:00:00+00:00July 30th, 2019|

The Blessed Virgin Mary is personally involved in the unfolding of God’s plans for every single human soul. The Almighty has chosen to involve her in everything to do with the salvation of the human race. Our blessed Lady's ongoing role in the economy of redemption was one of the reasons she was taken to heaven at the end [...]

22 07, 2019

Brothers’ Rednal Day

2019-10-16T14:00:00+00:00July 22nd, 2019|

Last Saturday the Brothers of the Little Oratory visited the Oratory House at Rednal for our annual picnic. We began with the spiritual exercises in the chapel built by Cardinal Newman, followed by lunch and recreation. The Brothers of the Little Oratory welcomes all men over 18. We meet for prayers on Sundays at 3.15 (resuming in September), followed by [...]