Friday, January 30, 2009
In the meantime, here's a photo I forgot to post from yesterday. This is the children's chapel at the National Cathedral. It's a tiny chapel with little chairs, little altar, and even a little organ. There are also little kneeling cushions with animals from the ark on them. It was delightful. M is in the picture for purposes of scale.
Now we are at the airport. M is reading a book about saints which she purchased at the Opus Dei bookshop. I'm not reading anything at the moment. I finished "Greenmantle," the sequel to "The 39 Steps." I enjoyed it. Maybe I'll read "Mr Standfast," the sequel to "Greenmantle."
I neglected to mention that yesterday afternoon we went to the Holocaust Museum. That Lefebvreist bishop should be required to go through it. I don't see how he can profess to believe in the Gospel on the testimony of eyewitnesses if he can't believe in the holocaust, for which there is a mountain of evidence in every form - on paper, on film, etc, etc. The museum's main agenda was to prevent genocide from happening again by raising people's awareness. It was restrained, but very intense.
We are about to board, so I will bid you farewell. See you in Detroit!
Thursday, January 29, 2009
On our way to and from the Cathedral we passed the Sidwell Friends school, where Sasha and Malia go.
This is one of the tamer specimens - the saints of Poland in one of the side chapels.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
We came to St Matthew's for Mass - it's only a little ways from our hotel. It was designed by Heins and Lafarge, the architects of St. James, so we were very interested to see it. It's more in the Byzantine style. It probably seats about 600 - it was not built as a cathedral, but was turned into one when the diocese of Washington, DC was created, in the 1930s. It has a grand dome, which is still standing (depending, of couse, on how much it snows today).
Monday, January 26, 2009
It's cold - 26 degrees, they say. I was guessing 17. The next two days are supposed to be lovely - a big snowstorm tomorrow and ice on Wednesday. Good thing we're staying in the museums all day, hey?
There are really no signs of recent events on the Mall, but the parade route is still lined with bleachers. They look very uncomfortable, but just a week ago I'm sure everyone wanted a seat in "Blue Section B" or "Blue Section C."
On the plane, we developed our plan for tomorrow. It's basically what we always do:
1) Go to Mass at St. Matthew's at the unearthly hour of 8 (ET).
2) Walk down the Mall and see as many museums as we possibly can.
3) Return to hotel room to watch cable TV.
I finished "The 39 Steps" and took a nap. I didn't quite get the ending. I thought he was going to prevent the outbreak of war between England and Germany. But they went to war anyway. I guess the hero just prevented a German invasion.
Our reading right now: M is reading "In a New World" by Horatio Alger. A boy was just kidnapped by Australian bushwhackers. I am reading "The 39 Steps" by John Buchan, a thriller. It's pretty good. He's being pursued over the moors of Scotland by a man in a monoplane. I downloaded it for free on my Kindle.
They are beginning boarding with Group 1. We are Group 9.