Newman Studies Journal

Volume 1, Issue 2, Fall 2004

Bernadette Waterman Ward
Pages 5-15

Awakened from My Dream
Newman on Illness and Spiritual Growth

Most people do their utmost to avoid any and every type of suffering; yet, as this experience-based article shows, Newman, early in life, came to realize from his own illnesses that physical suffering can bring the sufferer to an awareness of the presence of God and so be an important part of personal spiritual development.