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Relic of Blessed John Henry Newman | by Lawrence OP
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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-

day.

 

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

shrines."

 

- 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.

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Taken on June 18, 2011