Being an important business man and all, Jacques had some appointments to keep while in CA. One of them being a visit to the vocations director for the Diocese of Oakland.
Jac and I made the trip to the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland – a brand new Cathedral in downtown and very modern. Set on the banks of a natural lake in the middle of the city, it is gorgeous. We were rather doubtful about what a modern structure like this could do for reverance and what not, but as we walked into the main church (having come up in an elevator from a parking garage and being deposited direclty in front of the baptismal font), I was literally awestruck.
The images don’t do the stunning nature of the light and height any justice.
Jac and I enjoyed a quick stroll through the church and side chapels and then scouted out the Cathedral Cafe for a delicious lunch (there’s a chef for the cafe!) overlooking the lake. Then Jac was off to the meeting and I was left to pass the time by myself.
When he and Fr. De Anjou were done, Fr. gave us a tour of the church and mausoleum (rivaled the beauty of the church in my opinion. Alabaster walls lit from behind – enough said.).
I came away from the day with a totally changed opinion of Oakland!