Stories of the Supernatural, The Holy Spirit

Converted by the Holy Spirit

Cardinal Newman had a great love for the Holy Spirit.He was brought up by his parents in the Protestant religion.Unfortunately he had the strongest prejudices against the Catholic Church.

At an early age he began to see that his own religion could not be the true one,so full was it of contradictions and errors.

He spent years trying to find the Church of Christ.He read history,he argued with eminent divines and consulted many learned friends,but all in vain.He failed to recognize in the midst of so many claims the religion given us by Jesus Christ.

Finally, one day he received from God,who was pleased with his good intentions,an inspiration.

“What have I been doing!”he exclaimed.”I have labored much,I have studied,I have read many books,I have consulted good friends,but I have not prayed enough,I have not sufficiently asked God’s light and guidance.”

Then falling on his knees he prayed fervently.The clouds of doubt began to disappear,and he at last saw the truth of the Catholic Church.

He describes his conversion in the following beautiful hymn,written not long after his conversion.

Lead Kindly Light

LEAD, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom

          Lead Thou me on!

The night is dark, and I am far from home

          Lead Thou me on!

Keep Thou my feet; I do not ask to see

The distant scene—one step enough for me.

I was not ever thus, nor pray’d that Thou

          Shouldst lead me on.

I loved to choose and see my path, but now

          Lead Thou me on!

I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears,

Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.

So long Thy power hath blest me, sure it still

          Will lead me on,

O’er moor and fen, o’er crag and torrent, till

          The night is gone;

And with the morn those angel faces smile

Which I have loved long since, and lost awhile.

He became a catholic and following his example,more than a thousand Protestant ministers were converted and a very host of laymen.

~”The Holy Ghost:Our Greatest Friend”

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