Once I was a clever boy learning the arts of Oxford... is a quotation from the verses written by Bishop Richard Fleming (c.1385-1431) for his tomb in Lincoln Cathedral. Fleming, the founder of Lincoln College in Oxford, is the subject of my research for a D. Phil., and, like me, a son of the West Riding. I have remarked in the past that I have a deeply meaningful on-going relationship with a dead fifteenth century bishop... it was Fleming who, in effect, enabled me to come to Oxford and to learn its arts, and for that I am immensely grateful.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Celebrating Bl.John Henry Newman in Oxford

Shrine of Blessed John Henry Newman (Oxford Oratory)

Stay with me, and then I shall begin to shine as you shine: so to shine as to be a light to others.

The light, O Jesus, will be all from you. None of it will be mine. No merit to me. It will be you who shines through me upon others. O let me thus praise you, in the way which you do love best, by shining on all those around me. Give light to them as well as to me; light them with me, through me. Teach me to show forth your praise, your truth, your will.

Make me preach you without preaching- not by words, but by my example and by the catching force, the sympathetic influence, of what I do - by my visible resemblance to your saints, and the evident fullness of the love which my heart bears to you. Amen.

- Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman.

The photo above is of the shrine to Blessed John Henry Newman in the Oxford Oratory taken on 9 October 2010, the first feast day of this new beatus. According to the Oratory's website, the painting of Newman is by William Ouless, the aedicule and altarino by Timothy Newbery, and the achievement of arms by Tom Meek.

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