Oregon fires: Most churches safe, for now, offering shelter

PORTLAND, Oregon – While the foothills of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains have been ablaze, creating red apocalyptic skies and leaving five small towns in ashes, most of the churches in the Archdiocese of Portland have not burned and many have offered shelter to thousands of evacuees.

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El Espíritu Santo todavía sopla fuego

En los libros de colorear y figuras de fieltro de mi infancia, los discípulos de Pentecostés estaban erguidos, de pie, con gotas rojas sobre sus cabezas. Parecían como hileras de fósforos encendidos. Mi maestra de religión llevaba el cabello recogido en un peinado que cubría sus orejas, y nos decía que, en Pentecostés, el Espíritu Santo llegaba como una ráfaga de viento. Mientras el resto de la clase se quedaba preguntándose si realmente ella tenía orejas debajo de ese cabello negro, yo me preguntaba cómo estas llamas se mantenían encendidas. ¿Acaso no se apagaban?

The Holy Spirit still breathes fire

In the coloring books and flannelgraphs of my childhood, the disciples of Pentecost stood erect with red teardrops upon their heads. They looked like rows of lit matches. My religion teacher wore her hair in a low bun that covered her ears and told us that on Pentecost, the Holy Spirit arrived like a violent wind. The rest of the class was wondering if she actually had ears under that black hair, but I was wondering how those flames stayed lit. Wouldn’t they blow out?

Getty Fire impacts a Catholic university, schools and retired sisters

WASHINGTON – The Getty Fire that began whipping through mountain communities west of Los Angeles during the early hours of October 28 caused the closure of several local Catholic schools, the evacuation of students and staff at Mount St. Mary’s University and a call for the retired sisters of St. Joseph of Carondolet to shelter in place.

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