Newman Studies Journal

Volume 12, Issue 1, Spring 2015

Peter C. Wilcox
Pages 57-69

Newman as Spiritual Director: His Personal Methods and Their Meaning for Understanding His Life

John Henry Newman was a man who sought to integrate life and holiness. He believed that the spiritual life needed to be lived in an active and dynamic way, touching a person’s fundamental attitudes and actions. Although Newman rejected the title of spiritual director as such, it is obvious from his correspondence that directing others through various facets of the Christian life was one of his dominant concerns. Utilizing his Letters and Diaries during his Catholic years (1845–1890), this lecture explores how Newman directed others, the methods he used, and the meaning it has for understanding his life.