I’m on a road trip.
Hmmmm… usually these vans are following me.
Right now I am in Chicago, at St. John Cantius. Yesterday and today I gave some conferences on sacred liturgy. We have had two, count ’em two, Solemn Masses in the Extraordinary Form (what else). Tomorrow I another.
St. John’s in an amazing place. Everywhere you look, in every nook and cranny there is something amazing. I think that if there were a churchy version of that show about hoarders, it would be shot here.
First, the church is beautiful.
These are the vestments we get to use tomorrow. They have scheduled an “external” celebration of the Feast the Holy Rosary.
Only the best for the most beautiful thing we have.
I should mention all the wonderful people I have met on this trip. Many people who are readers here introduced themselves. It is fun to meet you.
I also must mention a couple things that struck my fancy. First, the canons here (Canons Regular of St. John Cantius) invented a game for the kids to play in the large grassy lot behind the church. It is a combination of something that looks like competitive frisbee and team hand ball. It is called “Canon-ball”.
And then, in the rectory I spotted this. What rectory is complete without something like this?
This stupid drinking bird gets to be a Monsignor, while I…. Oh well.
This is a great community of men with a fine, clean, happy spirit. They have a solid, directed life of prayer and works and they are going strong.
This is a great place. What a gift to Chicago!
Meanwhile, in this city, on the South side, you find what has become my favorite Chinese restaurant in these USA. (They don’t have Shanghai juicy buns to match one place in St. Paul, but they do have a few other things you wind up dreaming about.) A couple shots, just to tease.
Eggplant in garlic
Crispy shrimp in orange mayonaise
Lamb with cumin