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The tragedy of the San Gabriel Mission fire

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Posted By: PageTurner, 7/15/2020 9:28:19 AM

It was recently announced that, despite some daft quasi-official hints to the contrary, the spire of Notre-Dame de Paris will be rebuilt as a replica of the 19th-century version that was destroyed in last year's Holy Monday fire. This work will be possible in part thanks to hundreds of millions of dollars in small donations, a great deal of it raised in the United States, where news of the fire was the occasion of widespread grief. Such generosity should be a cause for rejoicing. But it is hard not to find oneself asking why comparatively little attention is being given to the recent fire

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Totally true, every word. What Notre Dame is to Paris, the Missions are to California.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird 7/15/2020 10:07:51 AM (No. 479008)
We saw and heard almost nothing about this, although I imagine our fire department responded to a fire of this size in nearby San Gabriel. The LA Times gave it some space, but much of that was taken up with injustices committed by “the Spaniards” upon the Indians… Then they took it a step further and said that the good things attributed to now-Saint Serra were untrue. Character assassination of the long dead. Rewriting history, just as Bari Weiss said in her letter of resignation to the NYT.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Ida Lou Pino 7/15/2020 10:13:45 AM (No. 479018)
Just as George Washington is called the Father Of Our Country - - Junipero Serra can be called The Father Of California. St. Junipero established nearly all of the sites which have become California's most important cities. I was fortunate to visit the Serra family residence on the island of Mallorca - - where his story is presented in illuminating detail. He was a truly amazing man.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: bighambone 7/15/2020 10:14:39 AM (No. 479020)
It’s a curious time for a historic mission building like that having been standing for hundreds of years to simply burn down with the liberal media having little interest?
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Reply 4 - Posted by: DVC 7/15/2020 11:15:38 AM (No. 479095)
Arson, I have no doubt. Evil antifa thugs really, really hate Christians and Christianity. Churches, especially historic churches need serious security.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: excalgalcg 7/15/2020 1:11:19 PM (No. 479222)
When I read about the destruction of this beautiful church, it was a terrible blow. When I lived in CA we drove up and down the state to visit all the beautiful churches and missions created and built with love and building excellence. St. Juniper Sera was a blessed man and loved the natives and helped them. This was a disgrace.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Aud 7/15/2020 1:35:33 PM (No. 479257)
A very good essay.
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