1. A lot has happened since Friday, 2 weeks ago. I went to my niece's wedding. It was very nice. Brought back memories of my own wedding at about the same age and made me realize that, in spite of how very old I am now, that so many things don't change. I continue to be in awe of my niece; her poise, her intelligence and her good choices.
2. I also was able to go on a field trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. That was fun! I had high tea instead of dinner and was able to view art as old as 2500 years before the birth of Christ to the modern art of today.
3. The picture on the right is one of a Coptic prayer book made around 500-700A.D. Imagine how long ago that was!! People have been worshiping Christ for centuries!
4. The reason for my sparse blogging this week is that I've caught some sort of flu. Thank God I was able to go to NY and to my niece's wedding! I've been sleeping for a few days and the fever just hangs on.
5. Unfortunately, I have to miss my friend's wake and funeral Mass. But, God has a reason for everything.If it is His will, I will attend the memorial celebration the family has planned for 2010.
6. These guys to the left are medieval mourners currently housed at the Met. I was blown away by their realistic rendering and the eerie atmosphere they convey. As art, I think this is first class.
7. I also saw some breathtaking knights in shining armor, along with their horses, also in shining armor. Its really humbling to actually be able to see these things with our own eyes that we only read about.
"Slavery ended in medieval Europe only because the church extended its sacraments to all slaves and then managed to impose a ban on the enslavement of Christians (and of Jews). Within the context of medieval Europe, that prohibition was effectively a rule of universal abolition. "— Rodney Stark