Posts tagged Fr. Dominique

The Dogwood And the Cherry Tree

As I was walking along the brook, my eyes were attracted by an unusual sight: dogwood flowers and cherry tree flowers seemed to spring from one single plant… As I drew near, I noticed that both trees were so closely knit that their branches appeared as though stemming from one common trunk. From the intertwined […]

Ruins (Amos 9, 11)

From childhood on, I had been aware of the dramatic degradation and loss of large parts of the beautiful heritage, in which God called us to exist… The Breton countryside is rich with innumerable picturesque chapels that the Breton folk built from the XIIIth to the XVIIIth century, until the French Revolution. The state of […]

Never say No

«How did you become a priest? …» children often ask me. Well, I think God sent me a first hint when I was about seven or eight years old. The school master (a diocesan priest) had shown us a movie: «Marcelino, pan y vino». The story of a baby abandoned at the door of a Monastery, […]

And God was in the cup!

There is often a particular pleasure in looking closer at very ordinary things. I find it fascinating to observe the beautiful flowers painted on my coffee-cup. Morning breakfast becomes a treat. The artist who decorated the cup, obviously relished in painting every leaf, petal, bud and stem of the roses, the «forget-me-not» and butter-cups that […]

When Our Lady plays a shadow show

… or how Heaven answers unsaid wishes. It was the middle of May, the «Month of Mary». Our parishes used then to organize an evening prayer every week in a different place. People would then prepare a nice altar and some flowers, and a statue of Our Lady between candles. Our turn came to provide […]

She knows where YOU are!

This is unbelievable. Yet it really happened. A French attorney once went to Rome as a sight-seer. He entered Santa Maria Maggiore, while our Emmanuel choir was singing for the Mass. Cardinal Gantin gave the homily. His words reached the hardened heart of the Frenchman. Overwhelmed by God’s mercy, Edmond Fricoteaux vowed to offer a […]

Farewell, for now

This is one of the views that the Lord has been unfolding before my eyes since I was born. These are the shores of the “Bay of Paradise” which is between the river Penze and the bay of Morlaix in Brittany, France! I am flying back to my family, an ever growing community of about […]