Took a little pilgrimage today to The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. Caught the 5:15 mass and pulled out the camera and took myself on a brief tour of some of my favorite sites and side altars.
Pilgrimage, of course, was the theme of the day. Following mass, Martin Sheen spoke on behalf of the movie, The Way, directed by his son Emilio Estevez.
Sheen plays an American father who travels to France to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling "El camino de Santiago" from France to Santiago de Compostela (Spain).
Memorable quote from Sheen’s brief lecture was the retelling of this Irish story. A man dies and finds his way outside the pearly gates. “Well, sir,” he says to Saint Peter, “I be here.” “Sure, nuff,” Peter responds, “that be true.” “Will ya’ be needing anything for me to be entering into heaven?” ask the man. “Not much at’all, much at’all, me lad.” Peter responds. “But you’ll be lifting up that shirts for me to see your scars now, won’tcha? “But, sir,” the man responds, I have no scars.” Peter looks at him quizzically, wondering “Could ya find nothing worth fighting for, me lad?”