Pentecost, current events and more Jehanne

Today, Pentecost Monday, the news in France is all about the loss of the Rio-Paris flight in mid-Atlantic. What happened? A newer aircraft, an experienced captain, and yet hundreds of dead, including several little children and one baby. Let us hope that nothing more sinister than a horrible mishap was at work. I cannot keep my mind off the anguish of those coming to the airport to welcome their loved ones, and finding only shock and grief.

Minutes earlier I had read of the death, at the age of 97, of Milvina Dean, last survivor of the Titanic. Then a nine-week old baby, she had been rescued by being lowered into a lifeboat in a mail sack. Her mother and brother had also survived, while her father drowned in the icy waters of the North Atlantic.
It is not easy to accept the apparent randomness of life and death, of joy and sorrow. I am reminded of the final words of the Ave Maria: ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. “Pray for us, poor sinners, now and at the hour of our death.” Words that have struck me as far as I can remember. Rightly so, for the hour of our death may be now, even though we may not know it.
Back to Jehanne. I want to thank those who commented for their support and insights, and bring to your attention a blog entirely devoted to the Maid, her life and times: The Mysteries of Jehanne d’Arc.

And speaking of blogs, Elena Maria Vidal is starting a new one, in addition to her highly respected, and often quoted here, Tea at Trianon: Fountain of Elias, dedicated to Carmelite spirituality. Best wishes, Elena!

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7 Comments to “Pentecost, current events and more Jehanne”

  1. Catherine Delors says:

    Thank you to all! We still cannot make sense of this and will have to wait for answers.

    Thanks also, Richard, for mentioning the name of Prince Pierre-Louis d’Orleans. Most of the victims were Brazilian or French, and he was both. I lost several family members to a plane crash when I was a child, and will never forget how a planned joyful reunion turned into a tragedy in a matter of minutes. God have mercy.
  2. Anabel says:

    Hello Catherine,

    What happened with these people is terrible and i feel very sorry.

    Your blog is excellent.

    Love, Anabel.

  3. Richard says:

    A friend sent this to me this morning concerning Prince Pierre Louis d’Orleans Braganza heir to the throne of Brasil. He was killed when the Air France jet disappeared over the ocean.

    Mort du Prince Pierre Louis d’Orléans Bragance..

    Le prince, âgé de 26 ans seulement, héritier (après ses deux oncles célibataires et son père) du trône du Brésil, se trouvait à bord du vol Air France 447 qui s’est abîmé dans l’Atlantique.

    Having had a crash while in the Marines, the worst possible place to crash is over water in the dead of night. A aircraft in my squadron disappeared over the Atlantic, the plane was never found and only one body (out of 4) was recovered. Combat aircrews are taught to survive if they make it out of a crash, civilians do not. Catastophic events do not usually allow survival.

    I pray for their families.


  4. I am quite shaken by the loss, especially since I just flew across the Pacific. We went through some turbulent weather and I was so frightened. Oh, those poor people. I hope we can find out exactly what happened….

    Thank you for the mention of my new blog, Catherine, and for introducing us to the great new blog about Jehanne la Pucelle. How I love her!

  5. Lauren says:

    Condoléances à ceux qui sont impliqués dans la tragédie d’Air France.

  6. Felio Vasa says:

    I agree with you too in how tragic this Air France flight is. So Sad. The Ava Maria words are very apropos.
    Much love Catherine. It’s moments like these to remind us to say “I love you” to the people we care for.

  7. Jackie says:

    The loss of the Rio/Paris flight is truly awful. For the past couple of years our security company has looked after AirFrance crews in Africa. We got to know many of them. Even so distant a connection as this makes the tragedy too awful for words.

    Thank you, Catherine, for your link to Jehanne. Much appreciated as always.

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