Tomorrow, we attend the monthly Lonergan Institute pot luck luncheon at the Benedictine Abbey in Washington DC. Brother Brian is driving down here to retrieve David and me and Kathy. The Abby is very near the Basilica on Michigan Ave which I passed whenever I drove to graduate classes at Catholic University and the University of Maryland years ago. The Lonergan Institute is a “school of philosophical and theological inquiry and discovery; its mission, to cultivate Catholic Theology and culture as they stem from the work of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas, further developed by Bernard Lonergan SJ.”
Coincidentally, I am reading Monuments Men and Saving Italy, both by Robert Edsel. The first covers the Allied attempt to preserve European Culture north of the Alps during WWII. The latter the attempt by the Allies to preserve the Italian heritage. In the latter, I have just finished the sections dealing with the destruction of Monte Cassino, the abbey established by Saint Benedict, founder of the Benedictine Order.
I vividly recall the summer I took an art history class on the Northern Renaissance and the professor pointed to one slide after another and very tersely said, “You will never see this, it was destroyed or lost during WWII.” She never brought up the topic of the Monuments Men who did what they could to preserve the works of art in Europe from plunder and pillaging. I wonder if she was even aware of the effort.
David renewed his physical therapy this week, and discovered one of his legs is shorter than the other, probably the result of hip replacement surgery. The therapist said the difference could cause an uneven gait and this would irritate the bursa causing the terchanteric bursa condition. The therapist put a lift in the shoe belonging to the foot on the shorter leg. I hope it helps him, but yesterday, he insisted on carrying the heavy bags of books to the car, instead of using the roller cart we have for such purposes. Today, he is hobbling around in pain again.
I set myself some goals at the beginning of the year and so far, so good. One of them was to eat breakfast every morning, and I managed to do that 23 consecutive days in January. Nutrition experts tell us breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Tomorrow is the first day of the new month. Hopefully I will continue my newly developed good habits through February.