Newman Studies Journal

Volume 6, Issue 2, Fall 2009

Elizabeth-Jane Pavlick McGuire
Pages 5-14

“The Tracks of Some Unearthly Friend”
John Henry Newman’s Spiritual Theology of the Angels

John Henry Newman had a fascination with the angels, as evidenced by three of his published poems, a passage devoted to angels in his Apologia pro Vita Sua, as well as sermons on the angels. Surprisingly, Newman’s interest in angels has not attracted much scholarly attention. After examining some of Newman’s writings that touch upon angels, this essay suggests that Newman’s Romantic and Evangelical background prepared him for his reading of the Fathers in 1828, which in turn influenced his consideration of the significance of angels in the spiritual life.