Lead Kindly Light: An Inspirational Video For Apocalyptic Times

The famous hymn by John Henry Newman, canonised as a saint by the Roman Catholic Church only last year,  was written in 1833 when Newman (pictured here) was a relatively young man (only 32 years old) and was still to do his greatest work. The is an appropriate moment to reflect on the words of the hymn  and take consolation from its message for these apocalyptic times. The inspiring words “One step enough for me” became the hallmark of Gandhi’s philosophy of life. 

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11 thoughts to “Lead Kindly Light: An Inspirational Video For Apocalyptic Times”

  1. The music is moving and the song is a very romantic. It is like a good story being told from beginning to end.

  2. Born in London in 1801, Newman’s father was a Jewish banker. (Imagine that!)
    His mother was a Calvenist of Hugenot origin, and after he studied and graduated at Oxford, he became immersed in the Roman Church. He wrote some of the most elegant and beautiful prose ever written in English. A precocious boy, he had a very cultured and diverse upbringing.

    1. @ Gilbert Huntly

      Born in London in 1801, Newman’s father was a Jewish banker. (Imagine that!)

      Even if it were true that Newman was of Jewish descent, I wouldn’t hold that against him. The world is full of white people who have Jewish blood in their veins without knowing it. In any case, you have not provided any solid evidence that “Newman’s father was a Jewish banker.” His father worked in a London bank, but not all bankers are Jews. The banking profession is not an exclusive Jew shop. There are more non-Jews working in banks than there are Jews working in banks.

      Wikipedia, which is only too pleased to claim that someone is of Jewish descent if he happens to be a great man, would have mentioned that Newman had Jewish blood in his veins if this had been the case. It does not do so.

      Here is Wikipedia:

      Newman was born on 21 February 1801 in the City of London, the eldest of a family of three sons and three daughters. His father, John Newman, was a banker with Ramsbottom, Newman and Company in Lombard Street. (No mention here that the bank was “Jewish” or that all employees had to be Jews). His mother, Jemima née Fourdrinier), was descended from a notable family of Huguenot refugees in England, founded by the engraver, printer and stationer Paul Fourdrinier.

      In any case, I don’t see the point of your comment. It was Newman, after all, who wrote the inspirational hymn. Not his father.

      1. Next someone will be claiming that Genghiz Khan was Jewish. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if some nutty conspiracy theorist had not already made that claim! 🙂

      2. It just happens to be cited in a 1929 Book of Classc English Literature which I have on my shelves. Sorry to mention it. I thought it might pique your interest, here, considering the jew-wariness of the readers on this site.
        It doesn’t matter one whit to me!
        During college, I chose to memorize and recite an excerpt from one of his sermons. It is the most beautiful piece of prose I remember ever reading, and I sometimes recite it to myself to this very day. (I couldn’t care less if his father was a Jew banker!)

      3. You sound like a lovely person, Gilbert. Alas, we live in troubled times! So what is the solution, eh? I wish I knew…..

    1. It’s beautiful for me.

      I look at the world through my own eyes, not through yours.

      And the world agrees with me, not with you, because the hymn has been sung all over the world since the 1830s when Newman first wrote the inspiring words.

      1. Gandhi loved the hymn too. And he wasn’t even a Christian but a Hindu. He was inspired by the words: “ONE STEP ENOUGH FOR ME.”

        “Reeking of despair”?

        That comment tells me something about you. You are sorely to be pitied. I bear no ill-feeling toward you, a complete stranger, but I feel desperately sorry for you. The spiritual darkness which you have deliberately chosen for yourself is a form of self-immolation.

      2. I plead guilty to being moved to tears by this inspiring hymn. Thank you for bringing it to our attention in these troublesome times.

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