A dear friend alerted me to a blog that I had not been aware of. It is entitled Vultus Christi, and is part of the spiritual ministry of Father Mark, a Cistercian monk at the Abbey of the Basilica of Santa Croce in Rome.
Today’s post reflects on the spirituality of John Henry Newman. He quotes from a booklet on Newman that speaks of “the three kinds of divine presence in which Newman’s prayer unfolded: the presence of the indwelling Trinity, the Real Presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, and the presence of Christ in Sacred Scripture.”
And Father Mark adds one of his favorite prayers of Newman:
O my God, my whole life has been a course of mercies and blessings shown to one who has been most unworthy of them.
I require no faith, for I have a long experience,
as to Thy providence towards me.
Year after year Thou hast carried me on —
removed dangers from my path —
recovered me, recruited me, refreshed me,
borne with me, directed me, sustained me.
O forsake me not when my strength faileth me.
And Thou never wilt forsake me.
I may securely repose upon Thee.
Sinner as I am, nevertheless, while I am true to Thee,
Thou wilt still and to the end,
be superabundantly true to me.