4 Comments on National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

  1. I have a real love/hate relationship with that church building. I come in contact with it often. I hear it was originally supposed to look like the Washington Cathedral. It is a huge building — 8th largest church in the world. But, I guess I’d call it the history of American Catholicism in stone. Nice building, but our God canot be confined…!
    All of its chapels reflect the art and concerns of Catholics from various countries. I’m from California, so I love the Our Lady of Guadalupe chapel (especially in December, when it is filled up with so many rose bouquets it is impossible to get in it!)
    My stepmother is American Polish Lithuanian, so I love the tapestry in the Our lady of Poland chapel.
    “Oh come, and let yourselves be as living stones, built into a spiritual house for God…”

    • Kim, you’re right that God cannot be confined to a building, but your description of this one encourages my desire to visit it.

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