Fr Andrew Southwell, the LMS' National Chaplain, gave one of his regular art tours for homeschoolers. Last year I went on one with my oldest daughter in the National Gallery; this one was at the V&A. There were 25 to 30 parents and children there, it was great fun. We looked at a number of late medieval nativity scenes on altar pieces and some other things, including sone very fine monstrances, paxes and other pieces of metalwork.
One of the explanatory signs diffidently explained that indulgences were believed to shorten purgatory for a soul.
Who were these strange people called Catholics, and when did they die out? Actually, our little tour shows that we are not only still alive, but breeding...
A group of us had a very nice lunch afterwards down the road in an Italian restaurant called Rocca di Papa, appropriately enough.
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