Log-book: December 2000

  Dialogue about life and death  Théodore Monod 
  Waving a working permit to an immigrant 
  French Bibliography  Archives of Partenia 
  History of Partenia, Biography of Bishop Jacques Gaillot 
Special Edition
A letter from Georges Vimard, priest at Gaza





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Dialogue about
life and death 

Andre Comte-Sponville, a philosopher and Professor at the Sorbonne was coming back with me from Geneva to Paris by car. A railway worker strike forced us to drive back at night. We had plenty of time to talk philosophy!
Right away Andre asked me; "Do you often think about death?" I said yes, often I think about death. "So do I, the thought of death makes me closer to others and my children. Do you believe that there is something after death?" " Yes I believe that there is Some One and that life is not being destroyed. It is being transformed" Andre could not agree with what I was saying. "Being a firm atheist, I think that after death there is nothing. There is not another life than this one. It is why our life is so important, so the meaning we gave to it. I am sensitive to the message of Jesus who insists on the value of love. It is really love that makes the value of a life. The real value of a human life is the amount of love we invest in it."
I thought of what Jesus would have said by listening to him; "You are not far from the Kingdom of God".






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 Théodore Monod and Jacques Gaillot Théodore Monod

His death leaves an empty space. The planet and humanity have lost one of their protectors. When I was with him, I was feeling comfortable, this humble and learned man was so full of humanity! He was enjoying "an old age of full serenity", like the liturgy proclaims.
I remember him at the demonstration in front of the Taverny Nuclear Center headquarters; we were about fifty in protest. It was the 6th of August, the anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bomb. He was carrying a long banner extending down to his feet with these words, which he likes often to say: "the preparation of a murder is a murder"
We were standing there, under the sun, when military and civilian employees went home, paying no attention to us, as if we did not exist.
I said to Theodore" Don't you think we look ridiculous?" He answered me without hesitation" the little you can do, you have to do it" then he added " but have no illusion!"




Waving a working permit
to an immigrant

A young Albanian married a French girl. Her parents did not consent and did not come to the wedding. Both were employed, he was illegally working in a restaurant. They found a small lodging. Like many immigrants, he had to struggle to get his working permit, going from one place to another, being requested to go to some place or other. Sometimes hoping, sometimes discouraged, finally his dream came true: the young Albanian obtained a one-year working permit.
Proud, he told his boss that now he could legally work. She was not too happy, because she would have to register him and pay taxes. The young couple immediately called me and invited me to celebrate with them, the event, in their new lodging. We drank champagne. Her parents had changed their mind: they did offer the bottle of champagne!





It is the title of the movie in an avant-garde theater. It is an historical movie presenting a key period for Congo. Lummumba, a Congolese of 36, became for only two months the Prime Minister of the newly independent country!
I have been impressed by his way of overcoming difficulties, his choices, his struggles, and his will to serve the people. He was pioneering and willing to take risks. Through all events, he always conducted his life in relation to his convictions.
Foreign countries wanted to get rid of this embarrassing Head of State and to prepare room for Mobutu. Lummumba was badly treated, humiliated and executed. Till his death he retained his dignity.