Today in Reading, England, at the site of the Railway Tavern where Blessed Dominic Barberi was taken in to die, a Blue Plaque was inaugurated and blessed. Dominic was travelling by train with another Passionist to the recently founded Passionist Retreat at Woodchester when he had a heart attack. Put onto the station platform at Pangbourne, he lay there until a train going in the other direction brought him back to Reading where he was given a bed at the Railway Tavern. Blessed Dominic died there later that day, 27 August 1849.
“My heart, O Lord, will never rest content, until I behold that which I desire. Thou hast begun the good work, and do thou vouchsafe to finish and perfect it, through thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord who with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever liveth and reigneth one God world without end. Amen.”
(Blessed Dominic Barberi C.P., Lamentation of England)
The above photograph and the news of today’s inauguration and blessing are taken from Catholic Schoolmaster‘s blog.
(Father Richard Barton of the Clifton Diocese has a very interesting podcast on Blessed Dominic and Woodchester, and beyond, here.)