The abundant stream of Graces associated with our Pittsburgh Pilgrims continued to flow, even after their departure last weekend.
Fr. Jay & Fr. Peter visited the National Gallery in London during the past week, expecting to view the three Caravaggio paintings normally held there. You can imagine their disappointment to discover two of the paintings were out on loan to other museums! However, Providence intervened, and while viewing that sole Caravaggio in the National Gallery they starting chatting to a person who encouraged them to pay a visit to Tyburn Gallows, just down the road from the Gallery.
When they arrived there they discovered Tyburn Convent; a shrine of perpetual adoration dedicated to the memory of the Tyburn Martyrs. Tyburn Gallows was a site for public executions, particularly infamous for executions of Catholic priests. 105 Catholics were executed in Tyburn. Saint Oliver Plunkett, an Irishman, was the last Catholic martyr executed at Tyburn, in 1681. The convent also contains an original gallows used for actual executions on the site.
Needless to say both Fr. Peter and, even more so, Fr. Jay were greatly moved by ‘encountering’ this shrine and by absorbing the significance of the heroic deeds of one hundred and five people willing to die for their love of God.
If you’d like to discover why Fr. Jay decided to turn away from a ‘Wall Street’ career and become a priest have a look at the video below;