New York: Sheed & Ward, 1956. First edition. Octavo, original pale gray cloth, original dust jacket. Faint tanning to endpapers, price clipped dust jacket. About-fine. Item #871
"NEVER DOES GOD GIVE FAITH, BUT HE TRIES IT, AND NONE WITHOUT FAITH CAN ENTER THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN" First edition of these sermons delivered after John Henry Newman's conversion to Rome—previously unpublished and printed here for the first time. The sermons (seven from the Winter of 1848, with two additional sermons from the 1870's) were preached by Newman during the founding of founding of the Birmingham and London Oratory. Consists of: I. 1848. 1. The Omnipotence of God the Reason for Faith and Hope (30th January), 2. Preparation for the Judgement (20th February), 3. The Calls of Grace (27th February), 4. Prejudice and Faith (5th March), 5. Surrender to God (12th March), 6. The World and Sin (19th March), 7. Our Lady in the Gospel (26th March), II. 1870. 8. Stewards and also Sons of God (31st July), III. 1873. The Infidelity of the Future (2nd October). Edited by Newman's brothers at the Birmingham Oratory with an Introduction by C. Stephen Dessain ("The Oratory / Birmingham, England"). Newman now preached (rather than read) his sermons: "As an Anglican he had always read his sermons. Now, anxious to avoid all singularity, he conformed to the Catholic custom." These sermons "show us how thoroughly he threw himself into the 'Catholic system.' The old mastery is there, the style, the concrete illustrations, the psychological insight, the use of Holy Scripture, the stress on the moral preparations neede for receiving the truth;—it is authentic Newman, and entirely Catholic." Published in America a year before the first English edition (Burns & Oates, 1957). Blehl. John Henry Newman: A Bibliographical Catalogue of His Writings, D6. Approbations.