"In the days since Notre Dame was ravaged by fire, [Fr.] Fournier has emerged as a central figure of the mission to rescue endangered treasures from the blaze.

"It was a task that emergency workers had prepared for. Firefighters held two training exercises at the cathedral last year that were focused on savings its treasures."



Interview of Fr. Fournier, who entered a burning Notre-Dame to save the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns [French, translation in comments] : Catholicism


Quote: "The main structure of Notre-Dame cathedral in central Paris has been saved after hours of firefighting to put out a devastating blaze, the city's top fire official said late on Monday.

Paris fire brigade chief Jean-Claude Gallet told reporters outside the cathedral: "We can consider that the main structure of Notre-Dame has been saved and preserved."

He added that it appeared that the two main towers of the building had now been saved."


Quote: "‘Terrible’ fire engulfs 850-year-old Notre Dame cathedral in Paris as flames erupt from the roof and massive plume of smoke sweeps across the city"


The Council of Chalcedon, the fourth ecumenical council, dealt primarily with Christology, and elucidated the orthodox definition of Christ's being as the hypostatic union of two natures—divine and human—united in one person, "with neither confusion nor division".

Saint of the Day: St. Leo I Pope, Confessor, and Doctor of the Church,
also known as Leo the Great (c. 391 or 400 – 10 November 461) is perhaps best known for having met Attila the Hun in 452 and persuading him to turn back from his invasion of Italy. He is also a Doctor of the Church, most remembered theologically for issuing the Tome of Leo, a document which was foundational to the debates of the Ecumenical Council of Chalcedon.

Reading The #DivineComedy has made me think about #poetry. Poetry was once a common genre for personal expression and shared entertainment. Now poetic effort has been almost completely absorbed by the music industry in the form of song lyrics, and the music business has changed our expectations of both poetry and song to be products produced for mass consumption instead of something to be made and shared. Can poetry be revived as a genre of personal and community communication?

is now in theaters and doing unexpectedly well. This, in spite of a bogus "R" rating, wild misrepresentations by "critics", shenanigans, media silence, etc. It is having an impact already.


"The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts, while the stupid ones are full of confidence"

-- Charles Bukowski

I should probably post an introduction to pin on my profile but at this point I'm just like "pls support your local magpie poet, she likes ramen and eggs and shiny things and will give you words in return."


"Eater of hearts currently rebuilding her empire of mugs in a non disclosed location that is no longer London."

Or maybe just.

"Tired poet does words for you whether you like them or not. Is soft please don't startle."

Yeah that'll do.

"I firmly believe that the situation that we are experiencing within the Church resembles in every respect the situation of Good Friday, when the apostles abandoned Christ and Judas betrayed him, because the traitor wanted his own style of Christ, a Christ preoccupied with political issues. Today many priests and bishops are literally spellbound by political or social questions. In reality, these questions will never find answers apart from Christ’s teaching."

-- Cardinal Sarah

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