I live in the U.S. where there are mass shootings in schools and the government saves its outage for climate scientists. In terms of “health risks” – I’ll trade you our GOP-led government, if you give us the Châteauneuf du Pape.
I joke, of course. I love France too much to offer her the Trump Cartel. Read more of this in French Local story on wine, below.
– Pas de Merde
Should wine be given special treatment over other alcohols when it comes to health? France’s outspoken health minister said ‘no’, but then came the backlash.
Read More at: Health risk or national treasure? Why France is warring over wine – The Local
Two years ago, France introduced a law to force supermarkets to donate unsold food to charities and food banks. Skeptics called it unworkable at the time, but there are signs the effort is succeeding.
Listen at: French Food Waste Law Changing How Grocery Stores Approach Excess Food : The Salt : NPR
Last night at Maison de Pas De Merde, we watched one of our favorite films Babette’s Feast, to celebrate Valentine’s Day. My wife Linda introduced me to this film some 25 years ago, and we both still love it.
This film is also a favorite of Pope Francis, to whom we also offer a Valentine’s Day kiss.
Read more about Francis’ admiration for Gabriel Axel’s masterpiece in this column from Aleteia
Babette prepares her feast
In a recent interview Pope Francis again brought up his favorite movie, the 1987 film Babette’s Feast. He mentioned the Danish film while speaking with Avvenire, bringing it up in response to questions about those who criticized his ecumenical endeavors. Pope Francis compared the rigid behavior of those opposed to his ecumenical outreach to the rigid townspeople portrayed in Babette’s Feast.
This is the not the first time Pope Francis has referenced his favorite film. He even referenced it in Amoris laetitia, making Babette’s Feast probably the first film ever to be mentioned in a papal document.
So why does Pope Francis love this movie so much and continue to recommend it? What are the spiritual lessons we can learn from this movie? Continue reading “Why does Pope Francis want us to watch the movie “Babette’s Feast”?”
The severing of a relationship with a man who accused the pope of fostering “darkness” in the church prompted the USCCB to take the extraordinary step of issuing a statement confirming that the U.S. bishops “always stand in strong unity with and loyalty to the Holy Father, Pope Francis.” | More at: Is the Francis Era Ending the Catholic Bishops’ Cozy Ties to the GOP? | Religion Dispatches
On this feast day of my favorite saint (sorry Ignatius!) a reflection from My Life with the Saints, on Thérèse Martin.
On January 2, 1873, Marie Francoise Thérèse Martin is born in Alençon, France, to Louis and Zélie Martin, two devout Catholic parents. Louis, a watchmaker, had earlier in his life presented himself to a monastery but was refused permission, because of his lack of knowledge of Latin. Zélie was similarly rejected by a local order of nuns called the Sisters of the Hôtel Dieu; she becomes, instead, a lacemaker. But the couple’s intense love for Catholicism and for religious life will be passed on to their children.When Thérèse is four her mother dies.
Shortly afterwards,[ . . . ]
Read full post at: The Feast of St. Thérèse of Lisieux | America Magazine
Jacqueline Casaubon et Gerardo Ramos, au cours de la soirée Contes et Chansons du 31 août 2017, nous ont fait vivre l’aventure de drôles d’oiseaux venus des quatre coins du…
More at: Et si les oiseaux nous parlaient – Saint-Merry
“Jeannette, the childhood of Joan of Arc” is a musical. This writing, do not expect a dish in sauce of the style “The Ten Commandments”, version Élie Chouraqui and Pascal Obispo, or an adaptation in the mode “Joan of Arc Superstar”. There are, at the beginning, the texts that Charles Péguy dedicated to the Maid of Orleans: “Joan of Arc”, dating from 1897 while he was still an atheist, and “The mystery of the charity of Jeanne d ‘Arc’, of 1910, when he regained the Catholic faith. That already marks its difference. Then there is the look of Bruno Dumont. The director of ” Ma Loute ” presented in Cannes last year, and ” P’tit Quinquin ” in 2014, [ . . . ]
It would be a pity to limit the gaze on this film to those gags who often hold anachronism. It goes much further than that.
Source: “Jeannette, childhood of Joan of Arc”, the musical of Bruno Dumont after Charles Péguy