A day at the Abbey

h278BD3FBTomorrow, 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.

18 thoughts on “A day at the Abbey

  1. Glad to hear that you are eating breakfast. I too believe it is the most important meal. I never miss breakfast. Dinner? Eh, I could miss that but usually fix dinner for Terry and so I eat too.


  2. Poor David! I sure hope the shoe lifts help. I hope he feels better soon. I love the photo of the bird with the mini Macbook. Too cute. Good for you with the healthy breakfasts. We do eat a good breakfast each morning.


  3. I’m glad they have made a film like “Monument Men.” It is wonderful to bring this to the attention, of many more people.

    Mmmmmm, different lengths of legs, does not sound good at all. Even to me. Glad this was discovered and rectified.

    Mmmmm, as to his not being wise and lugging items, instead of using the rolling thing… Men! Grrrrrrrrr…..

    Congratulations to you, for sticking to your breakfast plan! Doesn’t it feel lovely, to be able to say this, today???????



  4. Well, I hope David will listen to you next time and use the wheeled cart for heavy objects. My husband is stubborn like that too. I’m always trying to protect his back and he insists on doing things that will aggravate it.


  5. My doc made a point about the great effort he made about getting both my legs the same size. I’ve noticed no difference yet. (I hate typing on this laptop so will truncate the note. grrrrrrrrrrr)


  6. Your reading list always helps to lead me in new directions – politics, history, science, art history and so forth. I never thought of there being special units dedicated to trying to preserve valuable artificats etc during war-time. Enjoy your lunch. Blessings from Freda at Dalamory. http://www.freda.org.uk


  7. For some reason I once read that no matter how many measurements are taken prior to surgery hip replacements are notorious for resulting in ‘one leg shorter than the other’. Patients here are often warned of this fact.
    Take care


  8. My attempt at a comment disappeared so i will just send best wishes to David for long-term relief of that pain and kudos to you for developing habits of healthy nutrition.


  9. Your lunches at the abbey sound very interesting. I hope David’s leg doesn’t give him too many problems, sounds very painful. I think I would like to go see The Monument Men. If I think Gregg will enjoy a movie then I will suggest it and off we go.


  10. I’m doing much better on the breakfast thing since my daughter started me on protein drinks. It’s easy and, hopefully, very beneficial but one thing it isn’t is INEXPENSIVE !


  11. David’s mother underwent surgery on one of her legs, and it resulted in one leg being longer than the other. We consulted an attorney for med malpractice, but after reading her medical records, he concluded that there was a preceding ailment in her hip that led to that leg being short.


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