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Register Praises Videos for CNS Newman Legacy Project

The "cultural fire" touched off by the life of Blessed John Henry Newman and influencing American art and education is a "Newman Renaissance," according to National Catholic Register correspondent Dan Lord. Lord writes that this Renaissance "burns especially bright in the efforts of four organizations: Corpus Christi Watershed, the Cardinal Newman Society, the National Institute for Newman Studies and the Newman connection." From the article:
Already a leader in the promotion and re-establishment of sacred liturgical music, the Texas-based Corpus Christi Watershed has produced a series of high-quality videos about Cardinal Newman’s life and the Birmingham Oratory he founded in 1848. These videos are crafted with a sense of the exquisite, immersing the viewer in short two-minute experiences of not merely biographical data, but of those things which seem to go naturally with any discussion of Blessed Cardinal Newman: the love of writing and of education, fine music (including original work by American Catholic composer Kevin Allen), breathtaking art and architecture, and, above all, the sanctity of a man wholeheartedly dedicated to Jesus Christ. ... The Virginia-based Cardinal Newman Society collaborated on the project because it is in line with its mission statement: “to help renew and strengthen Catholic identity in Catholic higher education.” This, after all, was a subject that was dear to Cardinal Newman’s heart, as expressed in The Idea of a University, which he penned in the 1850s. Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, says “his insights offer much clarity and healing to a Church that suffers from the wounds of radical secularism, relativism and dissent.” Reilly praises the videos for the “love and devotion to Newman that shines through.”
Read the rest of this article here. The Newman videos are available at The Cardinal Newman Society's "Newman Legacy Project" page here.

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