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The chaplain of the Paris Fire Brigade, Father Jean-Marc Fournier, is being lauded as a hero after rushing into the burning cathedral and rescuing Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament and the relic of the Crown of Thorns.
According to this article, Fr. Fournier was ordained an FSSP priest (Priestly Society of St. Peter, a traditionalist order) but was detached from the FSSP temporarily in 2006 into the diocese of the French Armed Forces. He served in Afghanistan where he survived an ambush attack that killed 10 of his brother soldiers. Fr. Fournier was also present at the November 13, 2015, Bataclan concert hall terrorist attack where he rushed in to comfort the wounded and pray for the dead.
Fr. Fournier appears to be a man of true courage, strengthened and sustained by his belief in Jesus Christ. As he recounts in the video interview below:
As I was on duty, I was called on the scene, and right away two things must absolutely be done: save this unfathomable treasure that is the crown of thorns, and of course our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament.
As I entered the cathedral, there was little smoke and almost no heat, but we had a vision of what hell may be: like waterfalls of fire pouring down from the openings in the roof, due to the downfall not only of the spire but also of other smaller debris in the choir.
What an incredible story of virtue and courage. Pray for priests like this man, for it is priests like Fr. Fournier who make it their vocation to bring us Jesus Christ — even to the point of risking death. May Fr. Fournier, along with Notre Dame Cathedral, inspire the French faithful, and us, to emerge stronger in our faith.
“Here I am completely alone in the cathedral, in the middle of burning debris falling down from the ceiling, I call upon Jesus to help us save His home.”
Incredible interview with the chaplain who saved the blessed sacrament and crown of thorns: https://t.co/kNZRNQDz8P
— Matthew Schmitz (@matthewschmitz) April 18, 2019
N.B: there is a translation of the French in the comments below the video.Published in