St John Henry Newman was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on 19 September 2010, in Birmingham, and canonised by Pope Francis on 13 October 2019.

Here is part of his short article on ‘A Short Road to Perfection’, written on September 27, 1856: ‘He, then, is perfect who does the work of the day perfectly, and we need not go beyond this to seek for perfection. You need not go out of the round of the day. I insist on this because I think it will simplify our views, and fix our exertions on a definite aim. If you ask me what you are to do in order to be perfect, I say, first—Do not lie in bed beyond the due time of rising; give your first thoughts to God; make a good visit to the Blessed Sacrament; say the Angelus devoutly; eat and drink to God’s glory; say the Rosary well; be recollected; keep out bad thoughts; make your evening meditation well; examine yourself daily; go to bed in good time, and you are already perfect’.

Newman teaches us that perfection lies in doing ordinary things, following the common round of the day; he says that we do not need to go beyond this. May we indeed follow his practical advice! And may God bless you in it.