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Media addicted to Mueller, ‘The Five’ says

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The Five” was live in Nashville on Tuesday, as co-hosts discussed the media’s continued fascination with the Mueller report.

“It’s like the media are like drug addicts who found out there’s a new cheaper drug on the street and they’re getting the cravings, they got the Mueller craving. They should just quit cold-turkey,” Greg Gutfeld told his co-hosts after reacting to a montage of MSNBC and CNN clips.

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“The problem is they can’t quit cold-turkey because they sold their audience a bill of goods,”

On Thursday a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia and President Trump is expected to be released.

I’ve got the Mueller munchies!

— Donna Brazile

Democrats are still demanding access to an unredacted report. This, as President Trump asserts that Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary says he’s been exonerated.

Former Democratic National Committee chairwoman and co-host Donna Brazile said Americans wants to see the report.

“This coming Friday I have nothing to do. I don’t have to cook, I ate this remarkable chicken here in Nashville. I’m on a crash diet, so I have the munchies and I’m waiting for the Mueller report,” Brazile said referencing Gutfeld’s drug-addict reference.

“I’m glad we get an opportunity to finally say once and for all the country was under attack,” she said. “We know what happened in 2016. And perhaps we can learn from the mistakes of 2016 and don’t let them get repeated in 2020.”

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“We know what happened in 2016. Trump won,” co-host Jesse Watters interjected.

Special co-host and country music star John Rich also spoke about the report, saying most Americans don’t care about it.

“This is just a media thing that none of us really care about, honestly,” Rich said.

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Police seek man accused of posing as ride-share driver, robbing Maryland woman

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Police are looking for a suspect who allegedly pretended to be a ride-share driver in the commission of a robbery in Maryland last month.

Patch reported that a woman got into the suspect’s car, thinking it was from the ride-share company. The unidentified man, who doesn’t work for any such business, drove the victim to her residence and demanded payment, according to Montgomery County Police.

At her home in Bethesda, investigators said, the suspect tried to steal her purse, and stole property from her apartment.

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Montgomery County Police released surveillance video of the suspect on Tuesday.

Last month, a University of South Carolina student was kidnapped and killed after getting into what she had thought was an Uber car, police said. The suspect has been charged with kidnapping and murder.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is Frank.Miles@foxnews.com.

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5 jailhouse romances that raised eyebrows

They’ve snagged headlines across the country — notorious criminals or suspects in gruesome crimes falling in love while behind bars. Here are five examples.

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Amanda Knox sitting before being interviewed on the set of ABC News’ “Good Morning America” in New York City, in January 2014. (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly, File)

Amanda Knox

It’s a tried and true tradition, as for instance, in Vice, Amanda Knox talked about a special friendship she had with a female inmate, which was about companionship more than anything else.

“I can do things to you that no man can,” Knox said a drug-dealing woman told her in seduction.

“I was cautiously friendly. We walked the perimeter together. She told me she was a lesbian and I told her I was straight,” Knox wrote about the fellow inmate.

Knox made headlines in 2007 after she was accused of killing her roommate Meredith Kercher in the apartment they shared with two other students in Perugia, Italy. Knox was found guilty in 2009 but acquitted and freed in 2011 after spending nearly four years in prison. She returned to the United States after the 2011 ruling that freed her, but she was sentenced in absentia to prison again in 2014 – until Italy’s highest court overturned that decision in 2015, ending the possibility of future trials.

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Karla Homolka served over a decade in prison for the murders of three teen girls, including her sister. (REUTERS/Zoran Milich, FIle)

Karla Homolka

One of Canada’s most notorious female criminals, Karla Homolka, released from prison in 2005 after serving 12 years, had a similar story; she was in a same-sex relationship with inmate Lynda Véronneau.

Homolka served 12 years for the rapes, torture and murders of three teenage girls, including her younger sister. Homolka told the court and psychiatrists she was a battered wife who took part in the rapes and murders to protect herself and her family.

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Lauren Jenai, the multi-millionaire co-founder of CrossFit, is set to marry a childhood crush, Franklin Tyrone Tucker. (Facebook/Monroe County)

Lauren Jenai

Recent examples still exist.

The multimillionaire co-founder of CrossFit is set to wed her childhood crush — who is currently jailed for allegedly stabbing someone to death at a treehouse shanty in 2017.

Lauren Jenai, who founded the popular exercise regimen with her then-husband Greg Glassman, reconnected with childhood pal Franklin Tyrone Tucker on Facebook after her messy split from the fitness guru. The friendship soon turned romantic, and the two decided to wed at the Monroe County jail where Tucker has awaited trial for murder. Jenai said that, when the two reconnected, they hadn’t seen each other in 30 years, since they were children growing up in Philadelphia.

Jenai, who reportedly sold up to $20 million in CrossFit shares as a result of her 2013 divorce, said she didn’t plan to implement a prenup in her marriage to Tucker.

“Our relationship is very open and we are a team,” she said. “I trust him. I love him. My house is his house. A prenup feels a little inappropriate.”

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Parkland massacre gunman Nikolas Cruz wrote love letters from jail to a woman in the United Kingdom detailing his desire to get married and have children named after guns. (AP, File)

Nikolas Cruz

That seems more realistic than the tale of Parkland massacre gunman Nikolas Cruz, who wrote love letters from jail to a woman in the United Kingdom detailing his desire to get married and have children named after guns, while also contemplating death and the death penalty — all while avoiding writing a single word about the 17 people he confessed to killing on Feb. 14, 2018. Cruz’s handwritten letters were peppered with drawings and misspelled words and addressed to a woman named “Miley,” a cyber-supporter who helped start the Facebook group “The First Victim,” in reference to Cruz.

“I also want to know if you would be at my trial or [illegible]. I’m hoping you are because I really want to meet you and it would make me happy,” Cruz wrote.

Cruz said in one letter that talking about the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School “would be a bad idea,” but advised Miley to listen to Foster the People’s song “Pumped Up Kicks,” about a school shooting. It included the lyrics: “All the other kids with the pumped up kicks/You’d better run, better run, outrun my gun.”

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The Menendez Brothers found love in jail. (AP, File)

Lyle and Erik Menendez

After murdering their mother and father, Lyle and Erik Menendez spent nearly a million dollars of their parents’ money taking lavish vacations, buying expensive cars — and, apparently, watching the New York Knicks.

The Menendez murder unfolded in August 1989 and the brothers weren’t arrested until March 1990.

The brothers have been serving life sentences for killing their parents, Jose and Kitty Menendez, in their Beverly Hills mansion.

They still found love: Lyle is onto his second wife in prison; Erik has just one wife who has never had anything more than possible phone sex with him, as news.com.au reported.

Love is special and unique for all, even for inmates in prison.

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The Latest: LA archdiocese apologizes for teen sex abuse

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The Latest on an $8 million settlement of a sex-abuse lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (all times local):

4:45 p.m.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has apologized for what it calls the “serious harm” done to a 15-year-old girl who was sexually abused by the athletic director at her Catholic high school.

The archdiocese released the statement Tuesday.

Under a settlement approved by a court last week, the archdiocese agreed to pay $8 million to settle a negligence lawsuit involving the girl, who is now 18.

The lawsuit said the archdiocese failed to take action against Juan Barajas despite repeated complaints that he had improper conduct with students at the all-girl San Gabriel Mission High School.

In 2016, he began a sexual relationship with the girl and took her to Las Vegas after his wife discovered the abuse. He was later arrested and sentenced to six years in prison for statutory sexual seduction.

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11:36 a.m.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $8 million to a teenager who was sexually abused by the athletic director at her Catholic high school.

The Los Angeles Times reports Tuesday the award is the highest individual LA archdiocese settlement in a sex abuse case.

Court documents show Juan Barajas repeatedly abused the 15-year-old girl.

He took her to Las Vegas in 2016 after his wife discovered evidence of the abuse on his cellphone.

After five days on the run, authorities rescued the girl and arrested Barajas. He was a health teacher and athletic director at San Gabriel Mission High School.

Barajas pleaded guilty to felony statutory sexual seduction and was sentenced to six years in prison.

The archdiocese did not respond Tuesday to a request for comment.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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Media addicted to Mueller, ‘The Five’ says

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The Five” was live in Nashville on Tuesday, as co-hosts discussed the media’s continued fascination with the Mueller report.

“It’s like the media are like drug addicts who found out there’s a new cheaper drug on the street and they’re getting the cravings, they got the Mueller craving. They should just quit cold-turkey,” Greg Gutfeld told his co-hosts after reacting to a montage of MSNBC and CNN clips.

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“The problem is they can’t quit cold-turkey because they sold their audience a bill of goods,”

On Thursday a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia and President Trump is expected to be released.

I’ve got the Mueller munchies!

— Donna Brazile

Democrats are still demanding access to an unredacted report. This, as President Trump asserts that Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary says he’s been exonerated.

Former Democratic National Committee chairwoman and co-host Donna Brazile said Americans wants to see the report.

“This coming Friday I have nothing to do. I don’t have to cook, I ate this remarkable chicken here in Nashville. I’m on a crash diet, so I have the munchies and I’m waiting for the Mueller report,” Brazile said referencing Gutfeld’s drug-addict reference.

“I’m glad we get an opportunity to finally say once and for all the country was under attack,” she said. “We know what happened in 2016. And perhaps we can learn from the mistakes of 2016 and don’t let them get repeated in 2020.”

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“We know what happened in 2016. Trump won,” co-host Jesse Watters interjected.

Special co-host and country music star John Rich also spoke about the report, saying most Americans don’t care about it.

“This is just a media thing that none of us really care about, honestly,” Rich said.

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Lockout at Columbine, other Colorado schools triggered by ‘armed,’ ‘extremely dangerous’ woman: officials

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Authorities in Colorado are on the lookout for an “armed” 18-year-old woman believed “to be extremely dangerous” after several schools were put on lockouts earlier Tuesday.

“Lockout means biz as usual inside buildings, entry/exit restricted,” Jeffco public schools tweeted.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, along with the FBI’s Denver office, posted a plea on Twitter for information about Sol Pais, who they said made her way to Colorado on Monday night and “made threats.”

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Authorities described her as a white female with brown hair who is about five-foot-five-inches tall. She was last spotted “in the foothills of Jefferson County” and was wearing a black t-shirt, camouflage pants and black boots, officials said.

The message to the public came hours after the sheriff’s office tweeted that they were probing what looked like “a credible threat possibly involving schools.” As a result, numerous schools in the Columbine area and Mountains were on a lockout, officials said, adding that all of the students were safe and authorities were on site.

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Among them was Columbine High School, school officials said on Twitter. The situation arose days ahead of the 20th anniversary of the deadly shooting that occurred there on April 20, 1999.

Authorities urged anyone with information to call the FBI tip line at (303) 630-6227 and cautioned against approaching the woman.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ex-pro football player accused of murder in death of girl, 5

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A Las Vegas judge expressed shock Tuesday at the severity of injuries found on a 5-year-old girl whose death led to murder and felony child abuse charges against her 25-year-old mother and the mother’s former professional football player boyfriend.

“Once you’ve seen them, you can’t ever unsee them,” Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson said of the images as she rejected a bid by La’Rayah Davis’ mother, Amy Taylor, for release on bail pending a May 21 preliminary hearing of evidence or indictments in the case. The photos were not made public.

Taylor sobbed as she and former NFL and Canadian Football League running back Cierre Wood, 28, stood shackled in court.

“She is innocent until proven otherwise,” said Sarah Hawkins, Taylor’s court-appointed public defender.

Wood spoke only to say he understood the charges. His attorney, Thomas Ericsson, said Wood maintained his innocence and Ericsson may file a written request for his release on bail.

Prosecutor Michelle Jobe said a grand jury is expected to hear evidence about the April 9 death La’Rayah, and cited Taylor’s statement to police that she sat on the girl while disciplining her about a week before her death.

Jobe said La’Rayah died with internal injuries to her lungs and diaphragm, and the judge noted what she called “injuries consistent with extreme abuse” including a lacerated liver, broken ribs and “severe injuries from the child’s forehead to the child’s about mid-thighs.”

Paramedics reported finding the girl unresponsive at Wood’s apartment, where Taylor, a certified nurse’s aide, and the girl moved in after Taylor and Wood began dating late last year. La’Rayah was pronounced dead at Summerlin Hospital Medical Center.

The Clark County coroner ruled she died of multiple injuries and ruled her death a homicide.

Taylor told detectives that she and Wood were the only two people who could have killed the child, “so it had to be one of us,” according to a police report.

Wood told investigators he spanked the girl once when she misbehaved, but Taylor disapproved so he adopted exercise as discipline. He called it “learning through fun.”

Wood played football for Notre Dame before stints with Houston, New England and Buffalo in the NFL and Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League.

He told detectives he had La’Rayah do sit-ups and other exercises including running sprints in their apartment, and that the day she died La’Rayah fell backward while doing sit-ups and hit her head on the carpeted floor.

Taylor told police she was at a grocery store at the time.

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Trump vetoes resolution calling on US to pull support of Saudi-led Yemen war

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President Trump Tuesday vetoed a joint resolution calling on the U.S. to end military assistance to Saudi-led forces fighting in Yemen’s ongoing civil war, calling it “an unnecessary, dangerous attempt to weaken my constitutional authorities.”

It was just the second veto of Trump’s presidency.

Both houses of Congress had invoked the War Powers Resolution of 1973 in a bid to end American involvement in the conflict, which has raged in the Middle Eastern country since 2015. Congress lacks the votes to override Trump’s veto.

Congress has shown signs of uneasiness with Trump’s close relationship with Saudi Arabia as he tries further to isolate Iran, a regional rival. Many lawmakers also criticized the president for not condemning Saudi Arabia for the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who had been critical of the kingdom.

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After the Senate passed the resolution last month, the White House argued that it was flawed and would undermine the fight against extremism. The Trump administration also argued that U.S. activities in support of Saudi forces did not constitute “hostilities” and claimed the resolution could “establish bad precedent for future legislation.”

Approaching its fifth year, the war in Yemen has killed thousands and left millions on the brink of starvation, creating what the United Nations called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Greg Garrett: Notre Dame Cathedral has meaning for us all – Here’s why the world now mourns

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When the Notre Dame Cathedral exploded into flames Monday, people around the world were shocked and saddened, not just because it is a place of historic and sacred significance, but because a thing of beauty was damaged and defaced before our very eyes.

The collapse of the burning spire – so long a marker of the Paris skyline – brought gasps because it was a symbol of holy faith and because its slender graceful tower reaching toward heaven was a symbol of human artistry.

Millions of us had seen that spire in Paris or in pictures; it was a shared connection. One of my students at Baylor University described Tuesday morning how watching the spire collapse sent a physical pain through her chest. The loss of beauty can be heart-stopping.

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Like many who have lived in Paris or loved Notre Dame, I too feel stunned. When I am in Paris, I see Notre-Dame almost every day. Partly, my feet turn naturally in the direction of the great cathedral because it occupies an island in historic central Paris. Distances are calculated from Notre Dame. It is, literally, the center of the city.

But I have also found myself drawn to Notre Dame time and time again over the years, whether to amble slowly past, to sit watching it from across the River Seine, or to walk through its interior.

It has become very clear to me – as it has to many – that somehow I need this place built more than 800 years ago. But why does a modern Texas Episcopalian feel such a sense of connection to a medieval Catholic cathedral?

Why does Notre Dame matter?

Religion and art are two of the most important ways that human beings understand ourselves, our place in the universe, what we are supposed to value, and what we are called to do. For people of faith, the Divine is speaking in Holy Scriptures and in liturgy, prayer and music within the walls of a church, synagogue, mosque or other house of prayer.

My friend, the Rev. Lucinda Laird, Dean of the American Cathedral in Paris, told me Tuesday that Notre Dame is important because it is “not merely a historical building, wonderful as that history is, but a place of faith and beauty.”

Religion and art are two of the most important ways that human beings understand ourselves, our place in the universe, what we are supposed to value, and what we are called to do. For people of faith, the Divine is speaking in Holy Scriptures and in liturgy, prayer and music within the walls of a church, synagogue, mosque or other house of prayer.

Over the years, I have written – often while living at a cathedral in Paris – about how we employ both religion and works of the culture to help ourselves make meaning.

Theologians argue that ultimately our quest for beauty – whether it is sacred or secular – leads us back to the same source. Augustine of Hippo wrote that whatever is true and beautiful is of the Lord.

But you do not have to be a formally religious person to recognize that a thing of beauty offers us an experience that takes us out of our little lives and links us to something larger than ourselves, whether that thing is human artistry or a connection to human history or to what some people call God.

We might say that the Divine is also speaking to us through Shakespeare or Toni Morrison, through the music of Bach, or Ella Fitzgerald, or U2, through a painting by Giotto or Frida Kahlo, and certainly through a transcendent building like a cathedral.

I have spent decades now saying that the holy comes in many ways, if we are only open to seeing it. A cathedral can be a sacred space; so can the Continental Club in South Austin, if Jon Dee Graham is playing.

This disaster in Paris, coming during Holy Week, could remind us that all weeks are holy, that we are surrounded by truth and beauty at all times, that we should always pay attention. But it also reminds us of the central spiritual message of Holy Week, the most sacred time on the Christian calendar: Out of death, sadness and despair, new life can spring forth.

Last summer, in a Paris Choral Society rehearsal of Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem,” our director, Zach Ullery, told us that one of the most important things that human beings ever do is come together to create something beautiful. I believe him, and I hope we all do.

The evidence surrounds us, even if some of it is in smoldering ruins. During the Middle Ages, architects, sculptors, stonecutters, carpenters and stained-glass artists toiled together for 200 years to build the Notre Dame Cathedral. They created something beautiful to honor their God. Because human beings need beautiful things, it was one of the supreme artistic achievements of the ages.

It is hard to believe that such a thing could ever happen again. We live in a fragmented world, a world where it sometimes seems impossible to find any common ground. But maybe our shared sense of grief over Notre Dame – our shared realization of why it matters – could bring some light even out of this darkness.

French President Emmanuel Macron is an agnostic, but he described Notre Dame as a cathedral for all French people, and said it will be rebuilt in just five years.

Donations have poured in from around the world – more than $700 million so far – from the rich and powerful who are giving millions of dollars to the comparatively tiny amounts offered by people like me.  We all believe that our lives are somehow better when a place like Notre Dame is whole.

In rediscovering such a common purpose – and in remembering our common need for sacred spaces, art, and beauty – new life can grow out of these ashes.

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“Even at the grave, we sing our song,” a Christian liturgy says. “Alleluia! Alleluia!”

Readers wishing to donate to the restoration of Notre-Dame may visit the website of the Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris.

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Greg Garrett: Notre Dame Cathedral has meaning for us all – Here’s why the world now mourns

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When the Notre Dame Cathedral exploded into flames Monday, people around the world were shocked and saddened, not just because it is a place of historic and sacred significance, but because a thing of beauty was damaged and defaced before our very eyes.

The collapse of the burning spire – so long a marker of the Paris skyline – brought gasps because it was a symbol of holy faith and because its slender graceful tower reaching toward heaven was a symbol of human artistry.

Millions of us had seen that spire in Paris or in pictures; it was a shared connection. One of my students at Baylor University described Tuesday morning how watching the spire collapse sent a physical pain through her chest. The loss of beauty can be heart-stopping.

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Like many who have lived in Paris or loved Notre Dame, I too feel stunned. When I am in Paris, I see Notre-Dame almost every day. Partly, my feet turn naturally in the direction of the great cathedral because it occupies an island in historic central Paris. Distances are calculated from Notre Dame. It is, literally, the center of the city.

But I have also found myself drawn to Notre Dame time and time again over the years, whether to amble slowly past, to sit watching it from across the River Seine, or to walk through its interior.

It has become very clear to me – as it has to many – that somehow I need this place built more than 800 years ago. But why does a modern Texas Episcopalian feel such a sense of connection to a medieval Catholic cathedral?

Why does Notre Dame matter?

Religion and art are two of the most important ways that human beings understand ourselves, our place in the universe, what we are supposed to value, and what we are called to do. For people of faith, the Divine is speaking in Holy Scriptures and in liturgy, prayer and music within the walls of a church, synagogue, mosque or other house of prayer.

My friend, the Rev. Lucinda Laird, Dean of the American Cathedral in Paris, told me Tuesday that Notre Dame is important because it is “not merely a historical building, wonderful as that history is, but a place of faith and beauty.”

Religion and art are two of the most important ways that human beings understand ourselves, our place in the universe, what we are supposed to value, and what we are called to do. For people of faith, the Divine is speaking in Holy Scriptures and in liturgy, prayer and music within the walls of a church, synagogue, mosque or other house of prayer.

Over the years, I have written – often while living at a cathedral in Paris – about how we employ both religion and works of the culture to help ourselves make meaning.

Theologians argue that ultimately our quest for beauty – whether it is sacred or secular – leads us back to the same source. Augustine of Hippo wrote that whatever is true and beautiful is of the Lord.

But you do not have to be a formally religious person to recognize that a thing of beauty offers us an experience that takes us out of our little lives and links us to something larger than ourselves, whether that thing is human artistry or a connection to human history or to what some people call God.

We might say that the Divine is also speaking to us through Shakespeare or Toni Morrison, through the music of Bach, or Ella Fitzgerald, or U2, through a painting by Giotto or Frida Kahlo, and certainly through a transcendent building like a cathedral.

I have spent decades now saying that the holy comes in many ways, if we are only open to seeing it. A cathedral can be a sacred space; so can the Continental Club in South Austin, if Jon Dee Graham is playing.

This disaster in Paris, coming during Holy Week, could remind us that all weeks are holy, that we are surrounded by truth and beauty at all times, that we should always pay attention. But it also reminds us of the central spiritual message of Holy Week, the most sacred time on the Christian calendar: Out of death, sadness and despair, new life can spring forth.

Last summer, in a Paris Choral Society rehearsal of Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem,” our director, Zach Ullery, told us that one of the most important things that human beings ever do is come together to create something beautiful. I believe him, and I hope we all do.

The evidence surrounds us, even if some of it is in smoldering ruins. During the Middle Ages, architects, sculptors, stonecutters, carpenters and stained-glass artists toiled together for 200 years to build the Notre Dame Cathedral. They created something beautiful to honor their God. Because human beings need beautiful things, it was one of the supreme artistic achievements of the ages.

It is hard to believe that such a thing could ever happen again. We live in a fragmented world, a world where it sometimes seems impossible to find any common ground. But maybe our shared sense of grief over Notre Dame – our shared realization of why it matters – could bring some light even out of this darkness.

French President Emmanuel Macron is an agnostic, but he described Notre Dame as a cathedral for all French people, and said it will be rebuilt in just five years.

Donations have poured in from around the world – more than $700 million so far – from the rich and powerful who are giving millions of dollars to the comparatively tiny amounts offered by people like me.  We all believe that our lives are somehow better when a place like Notre Dame is whole.

In rediscovering such a common purpose – and in remembering our common need for sacred spaces, art, and beauty – new life can grow out of these ashes.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

“Even at the grave, we sing our song,” a Christian liturgy says. “Alleluia! Alleluia!”

Readers wishing to donate to the restoration of Notre-Dame may visit the website of the Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris.

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