Lead, Kindly Light
Publication Date: October 8, 2019
These meditations and devotions by St. John Henry Newman, spanning poetry from his Anglican period (including his most famous and well-beloved poem, "Pillar of Cloud"/"Lead, Kindly Light"), to reflections on God’s Divine Providence from his later period as a Catholic and founder of the Oratory in England, expresses a profoundly confident but deeply human faith that resonates with the very real experiences of modern Christians from all walks of life. These poems intimately show a personal side of Cardinal Newman that few have glimpsed who are only familiar with his academic works. Nonetheless they are universal enough in human experience to make the perfect companion to your journey of faith.
No matter where you’ve been or what you’re going through, this collection of poems and prayers by the Catholic Church’s newest Saint will connect you with God and St. John Newman, through heart speaking to heart.
This volume includes meditations by Cardinal Newman interspersed among his journeying poetry that provide very practical material for prayer and meditation as you develop in your journey of Christian life.
St. John Henry Newman (1801-1890) was a poet and theologian. One of the most beloved writers and saints of English Christianity, he was first an Anglican priest and founder of the Oxford Movement, and later became a Catholic priest and cardinal. His autobiography, Apologia Pro Vita Sua, is one of the great Christian classics.