Dear Jesus Help me to spread Your fragrance everywhere I go. Flood my soul with Your spirit and life. Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly, that my life may only be a radiance of Yours. Shine through me, and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel Your presence in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only Jesus! Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as You shine, so to shine as to be a light to others; The light, O Jesus will be all from You; none of it will be mine; It will be you shining on others through me. Prayer of Cardinal Newman
Cardinal John Henry Newman will be made a saint, the Pope has announced, making him the first English person to be canonised in almost 50 years. The respected religious scholar, who dedicated himself to helping the poor and sick, died in 1890 aged 89. Newman founded the Birmingham Oratory in 1849 and also helped found what is now University College Dublin. Pope Francis announced that his canonisation will be held on October 13. The last canonisation in England and Wales was in 1970 when Pope Paul VI made 40 English and Welsh martyrs saints. They had been executed under Reformation laws. Newman was beatified by Pope Benedict in 2010 after prayers made to him seemingly cured a man's spinal disease. A second miracle in his name was confirmed by the Pope earlier this year - healing a woman's unstoppable bleeding. Two authenticated miracles are needed to achieve sainthood. Beatification is the fourth of five stages to achieve sainthood, which include being declared a 'servant of God' and the Pope deciding that the candidate has 'lived a life of heroic virtue'. The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, said the announcement was a "moment of great pride" and that Newman was remembered for his "kindness and compassion". The British Ambassador to the Holy See, Sally Axworthy, said he had a major impact on Catholic theology and education across the world. Describing him as a "truly global Briton", she added: "I very much look forward to the celebrations."