Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Relics of Saints
by Venerable John Henry Newman, C.O.
"He is not the God of the dead, but of the living; for all
live unto Him.

" '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."

June 1, 1833


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