“The horizon of the primacy of God also marked profoundly Newman’s numerous publications,” the Pontiff observed.He stated that the primacy of God is translated, for Newman, “in the primacy of truth, a truth that is sought above all by disposing one’s inner self to acceptance, in an open and sincere confrontation with everyone, and which finds its culmination in the encounter with Christ.”

(from Pastor Emeritus)

Newman (it’s hard to start calling him bl. Newman, or bl. John Henry, or bl. Cardinal Newman!) was terribly sensitive, but he doesn’t fall into neuroses or navel-gazing. I read the comment above and thought “yes, that captures what gives Newman’s writings their inner steel”.

… in proportion as it is limited, either to certain seasons or to certain affections, the heart is straitened and distressed.

If it be not over bold to say it, He who is infinite can alone be its measure; He alone can answer to the mysterious assemblage of feelings and thoughts which it has within it.

(from Enlarging the Heart)

Nothing to summarise here, just posting an extract to encourage folk to go and read the whole thing.