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Author: mcbdds Big red star, 1000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: of 740395  
Subject: Paris 2 Date: 10/14/2012 12:41 PM
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Walked through a cold driving rain this morning to messe gregorienne at Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Paris.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Notre_Dame_de_Paris

High mass, incense, procession, candles, the whole 9 yards. The childish voices of the chorale were heaven sent. Their clear notes rose up 226 feet to the ancient gothic arches and rained down and surrounded us in pure warmth. The organ has 7,800 pipes, 111 stops, five 56-key manuals and a 32-key pedalboard seemed to vibrate from inside your chest. Usually the light from outside illuminates the enormous stained glass windows, but the dark clouds and the heavy rain allowed the candles to refract light back downward in a way I've never seen before. I have been to mass several times but this was special today.

Yesterday We went to mass at Mont St. Michel.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_Saint-Michel

Walked up 444 steps to the chapel ( this apparently ensures entry into heaven ) for the fourth time in my life. The administration is firmly in the hands of the Benedictines, and the Sisters of Jerusalem. During mass the sisters sang Gregorian chants that I never heard before, different in tone and maturity from the children in Notre Dame. Really quite beautiful.

My DIL had genealogy connections to a town near Mt. St. Michel called Ducey, and our driver took time to visit. Went into the church, in the center of town, found some great uncles listed on the WW1 memorial killed in the trenches in 1917. DIL cried, DS cried, DW cried. Took Christmas card pictures by the local Moulin flour mill where her Grandfather worked.

It is a long way to Normandy, and we were quite exhausted by the time we returned. Stumbled into a bistro in the 8 eme. run by Christian Constant and spent hours eating, drinking and making new friends.

http://www.maisonconstant.com/fr_cafe.htm

It was serendipitous and heart warming, hugs, promises of future dinners, walked us back to the 7 eme to insure our safe return to our hotel.


I'm not an overly spiritual person. Have been following the abortion chit chat on the board over the last couple of days. It's the usual back and forth, but has weighed heavy on me for some reason.
I don't usually pray for things but asked God to grant forgiveness to our culture for the holocaust inflicted on the unborn children of our country. I asked for enlightenment to the savages that inflict the political power that allows so much death. I asked for the grace to help those desperate enough to consider the option of terminating the life of their own unborn child. I also asked for healing to those mothers that have no other option.

I also asked that the Broncos defeat the Chargers tomorrow.

mcb
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Author: fleg9bo Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 648784 of 740395
Subject: Re: Paris 2 Date: 10/14/2012 1:21 PM
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I also asked that the Broncos defeat the Chargers tomorrow.

When I read this statement an image instantly formed in my mind. It was of a bunch of these:

http://www.strutmasters.com/v/vspfiles/assets/images/ford-br...

lined up against a bunch of these:

http://sportscarforums.com/gallery/data/44/1969_dodge_charge...

--fleg, not much of a football fan since this:

http://media.ourstory.com/67/41/81/ba5db86431dff3290f0ddf95c...

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Subject: Re: Paris 2 Date: 10/14/2012 1:49 PM
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High mass, incense, procession, candles, the whole 9 yards.
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Incense makes me sneeze. <g> I almost had to leave a high mass once.

Yesterday We went to mass at Mont St. Michel.

I would love to go there. Have you ever to been to St. Michael's Mount in south Cornwall? It is really interesting - has it's own little micro environment that allows plants that are usually only found much further south.

I asked for the grace to help those desperate enough to consider the option of terminating the life of their own unborn child. I also asked for healing to those mothers that have no other option.

Thank you. My DIL would not have survived the pregnancy. It is the only time I have seen her cry.

arrete

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Subject: Re: Paris 2 Date: 10/14/2012 3:22 PM
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"My DIL had genealogy connections to a town near Mt. St. Michel called Ducey, and our driver took time to visit. Went into the church, in the center of town, found some great uncles listed on the WW1 memorial killed in the trenches in 1917." - mcbdds
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My maternal grandfather fought against the Russians as a German soldier during WWI. My mother was born in Germany in 1917. The family came over here to the United States in 1928.

My mother's brother, Uncle Henry, was a medic during WWII in Europe. He married a German girl after WWII, Aunt Ruth. He spoke fluent German because that is what they spoke at home.

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Subject: Re: Paris 2 Date: 10/14/2012 4:07 PM
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mcbdds wrote: I also asked for healing to those mothers that have no other option.

Seems to me there are options abundant. Couples sometimes wait for months and spend a lot of money to adopt a child from other countries when we have hundreds of thousands of unwanted children right here in America.

Why can't there be an exchange, similar to organ banks, set up to match unwanted children with couples desperate to have children?

Seems so simple.

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Subject: Re: Paris 2 Date: 10/14/2012 4:18 PM
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I would love to go there. Have you ever to been to St. Michael's Mount in south Cornwall? It is really interesting - has it's own little micro environment that allows plants that are usually only found much further south. arrete

Arrete you would love it, tourist cha-cha aside, it is magical. No, I haven't been to St. Michaels Mount, but learned that It was given to Mont St. Michel by Edward the Confessor in 1044, and was a sister priory until dissolution by Henry V. Both abbeys produced magnificently illustrated manuscripts. Saw one in Musee Cluny today that took my breath away.


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Subject: Re: Paris 2 Date: 10/14/2012 4:31 PM
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mcbdds wrote: I also asked for healing to those mothers that have no other option.

Seems to me there are options abundant. Couples sometimes wait for months and spend a lot of money to adopt a child from other countries when we have hundreds of thousands of unwanted children right here in America.
CCinOC

I was referring to those rare, but definite medical conditions where the viability of the child places families in the tragic position of choosing between the life of the child and mother.

mcb

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Author: arrete Big funky green star, 20000 posts Old School Fool Add to my Favorite Fools Ignore this person (you won't see their posts anymore) Number: 648805 of 740395
Subject: Re: Paris 2 Date: 10/14/2012 5:34 PM
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mcbdds wrote: I also asked for healing to those mothers that have no other option.

Seems to me there are options abundant.
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I mentioned an example, CC. My DIL would have died. And the baby wouldn't have lived either. It was a terrible event, but I prefer her alive rather than dead.

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