Relic of Blessed John Henry Newman
""The Fathers are in dust, yet live to God:"—
So says the Truth; as if the motionless clay
Still held the seeds of life beneath the sod,
Smouldering and struggling till the judgment-
And hence we learn with reverence to esteem
Of these frail houses, though the grave confines;
Sophist may urge his cunning tests, and deem
That they are earth;—but they are heavenly
- John Henry Newman, written on 1 June 1833.
Reliquiry in the Birmingham Oratory containing the hair of Bl. John Henry Newman, one of the few relics from the saint's body itself. Today, 9 October is his feast day.