By the way, back on the subject of cathedrals, Vienna’s main one, St. Stephen’s, has a history going back to the 12th century when they started to build it. Construction took 400 years. In 1529, the Ottoman Turks besieged Vienna in a bid to expand their empire further into Europe, and the cathedral served as the defenders’ command center. In 1945, nearby fires from burning buildings set the roof on fire, and it had to be rebuilt.

On 9/11, when I got out of work I went straight over to the cathedral and sat in a pew for a long time. It seemed like the most natural place to go with my confusion and sorrow.