"San Fernando is a place where the space LIVES"
- George Weigel, on one of his favorite sanctuarys, San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio, Texas.
(Weigel then referred me to an article that he had written on San Fernando, which I cannot find anywhere- any suggestions, readers?)
This amazing and beautiful little church is (rumor has it) the oldest cathedral in the United States. It was erected by the same Jesuit missionaries who built the Alamo over 275 years ago; the remains of Davie Crockett are buried in the narthex. Surely Weigel was referring to the lively devotion of the cathedral's parishioners, which was evident at a Christmas concert which I attended with my parents last night. Glorious.
-Best of all was the Anglican choir imported to do their thing, and the brief homily delivered by the Anglican curate Fr. C before requesting the blessing of the cathedral's rector, Fr. David. Fr. C delivered one of the most concentrated statements o'orthodoxy that I have heard in a long, long time, packing in the Incarnation, the Atonement, and our Lady into four brief minutes; Fr. David nodded his head benignly, warmly accepting his ardently "affirming catholicism" son.