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77 An outstanding summary of Newman’s spiritual message is selection XV, taken from “The Calls of Grace,”12 which is Newman’s reflection on the parable of the Sower. This sermon answers the challenge of how one attains the spiritual state represented by the seed that is sown in“really good,rich,well-prepared soil.”The way is by the reception of grace which is obtained by “coming daily into his Presence. . . .Therefore . . . come to Mass daily”(34–35). Grace, God’s presence, especially in the liturgy, and relationship are the themes harmonized in Newman’s aesthetic vision. This is the fifth volume in the Classic Wisdom Collection published by Pauline Books and Media and at a mere $6.95, it is worth numerous times its cover price for this excellent compilation of Newmanian spiritual wisdom. Robert C. Christie DeVry University John Henry Newman, Sermons Preached on Various Occasions. Edited with an Introduction by James Tolhurst. Birmingham Oratory Millennium Series 9. South Bend, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2007. Pages: xlii + 398. Cloth: ISBN 0–268–03662–4. $40.00. Joining eight other reproductions of Newman’s writings thus far, this handsome and “handy” (see below) reappearance of O.S.—to use the classic Rickaby abbreviation—makes available fifteen of Newman’s sermons,eight preached from the University pulpit in Dublin and seven others at various stages of Newman’s Roman Catholic life. This book is a reproduction of O.S. of the Uniform Edition and follows its original pagination. From 1886, until the stock of the Uniform Edition was destroyed in the Second World War, the Uniform Edition, which reflected Newman’s wishes for how his books were to appear after his death,was published by Longmans, Green and Co. Accordingly, access to Newman’s writings became more difficult in the last fifty years. Various scholars and publishers have reproduced this or that volume of Newman’s works—one thinks immediately of the many editions of the Apologia— but a problem with them is always pagination references. How to refer a reader to the same Newman text, unless reader and writer had the same edition in hand? As long as everyone had access to the Uniform Edition, there was no problem. James Tolhurst, the editor of this volume of Newman’s sermons, is the General Editor of the Birmingham Oratory Millennium Edition of Newman’s works. This is the ninth to appear. The others—listed at the end of this review—using Rickaby appreviations,are: Prepos., S.N., portions of H.S.2 and H.S.3,Ari.,Mix.,D.A.,and Mir. Gracewing Publications in the UK, selling each volume for £ 25, has arranged with Notre Dame Press to produce the volumes in this country. I began by noting that the volume was “handy” and this was no intended pun. Like each volume of the Uniform Edition, the Millennium volumes are small and fit nicely into one’s hand, as if they were enchiridions or manuals. Newman, when 12 Newman,“The Calls of Grace,”Faith and Prejudice and Other Unpublished Sermons,Sermon 3,41–51; available at: http://www.newmanreader.org/works/ninesermons/index.html. NEWMAN’S WRITINGS NEWMAN STUDIES JOURNAL 78 preparing a standardized posthumous edition of his writings, was quiet exacting about how each book was to feel and how many pages it was to contain. With the 1940 London Blitz,such reproductions of his wishes came to an end. Some years ago, Westminster—the Catholic, not the Presbyterian publisher—attempted a photocopying of the old Uniform Edition, but the effort came to naught. Millennium has resurrected the intention. It ought to be noted that ready access to the Uniform Edition has, in this digital age,been provided by the resources of the National Institute for Newman Studies and its “Newman Reader” (www.newmanreader.org). Still, there is room for the Millennium Series because many readers like the feel of a book, especially one this size, in their hands. Regarding this particular edition of the Series,only a few things need to be noted, since Newman’s sermonized words need no comment. Tolhurst’s Introduction and Editor’s Notes are modest and sufficient. One...

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ISSN
2153-6945
Print ISSN
1547-9080
Pages
pp. 77-78
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-22
Open Access
No
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