For my weekly Sunday Musing I decided to share images of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., where funeral services were held yesterday (February 20) for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The Basilica is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America, and one of the ten largest churches in the world. It is renowned for its unique architecture, beautiful sacred art (the largest collection of contemporary ecclesiastical art in the world) and rich Catholic and American history and heritage. Nearly 1 million visitors tour the Basilica each year.
Here is an excerpt taken from the homily given by Justice Scalia's son Paul (who is a Catholic priest, and who conducted the service) that focuses on Justice Scalia's role as a father that I found particularly beautiful:
"We have been thrilled to read and hear the many words of praise and admiration for him — for his intellect, his writings, his speeches, his influence and so on. But more important to us — and to him — was that he was Dad. He was the father that God gave us for the great adventure of family life. Sure, he forgot our names at times or mixed them up, but there are nine of us. He loved us and sought to show that love. And sought to share the blessing of the faith he treasured. And he gave us one another, to have each other for support. That's the greatest wealth parents can bestow, and right now we are particularly grateful for it." (www.npr.org)