Today is the feast of Blessed Dominic (Barberi) of the Mother of God. Father Gary, at The Passionist Charism, has been posting on Dominic throughout the month of August (-at the bottom of the page, click on previous entries to see some more posts on Blessed Dominic). In his homily for Dominic’s beatification, Pope Paul VI quoted Newman’s words: He had a great love for England. Here is an extract from a letter Dominic wrote from Paliano to Ambrose Phillipps on Saint Patrick’s Day, 1836:
I have received a letter from Father Angelo McMahon, the Carthusian Monk, whom I knew in Rome, and who is now residing in the Great Chartreuse of Grenoble in France. This Reverend Father tells me that you are desirous of receiving letters from me, as also of seeing a house founded for us Passionists in England…. But is there hope, my dear Sir, that I shall see you on this earth? Is there hope that I shall cross the sea, and convey my body to that island whither, twenty-two years ago, I sent my heart? Ah! beloved England, shall I one day see thee? And shall I see thee brought back to the one fold of the Catholic Church? I hope it; twenty-two years I have cherished this hope; I have never abandoned it, and hope never to abandon it for the time to come. I have endeavoured to interest in this object all the good souls which I have met in these parts, and I have found many so fervent, that they willingly offer themselves as victims to the Divine Goodness, ready to suffer all that a creature can suffer without offending God, provided God will show mercy on the nations separated from the Church, and especially on our dear England. Of these souls I have found many; and one of them, a few days ago, not a little reanimated my hopes by telling me still to be expecting the time fixed by Divine Providence, and not to fear, because God and the Blessed Virgin take thought for that island efficaciously, and I shall one day be satisfied. O my God, when will be that day? When, when? Ah, my dear Sir, let us pray that it may be soon.
Blessed Dominic died at Reading on Monday, 27 August, 1849 at three o’clock in the afternoon. The words he repeated again and again during his last hours were Fiat voluntas tua – Thy Will be Done.
For an account of his life, click here