A frantic intentness outwards

Because today’s gospel reading is about Jesus meeting the disciples on the road to Emmanus, I’ve been remembering this painting that I saw during my latest visit to Paris. Communion des Apôtres was painted by Henry Lerolle (1848-1929) in the year 1878 for Saint François-Xavier where it remains to this day.

Before Notre-Dame burned into flames

On this date last year, Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was ablaze in a serious fire. Three months prior to the fire, my friend Jacqueline and I were visiting the church. Here are my reflections from then: