Erenlai - Claude Tuduri (杜耀德)
Claude Tuduri (杜耀德)

Claude Tuduri (杜耀德)

I'm a French Jesuit; I work for a Ignatian spirituality website and help students to write French in an association run by the society in Saint-Denis. It's a very pleasant job where I get to meet many friendly and dynamic people from Asia, particularly from Taiwan.

我是一位法國耶穌會士,目前為依納爵靈修會(Ignatian Spirituality)工作,並在聖丹尼斯社團( the Society in Saint-Denis)所辦的機構幫忙教導學生學習法文。這是一個很棒的工作,因為可以遇到許多來自亞洲友善又有活力的人,特別是台灣的朋友。

Tuesday, 15 June 2010 16:24

One who meets God

An interpretation of a prayer by Alberto Hurtado

Alberto Hurtado was a Jesuit priest born in Chile in 1901. He is the founder of the Hogar de Cristo foundation which provided shelters to children in need. He died in 1952. He was canonized on October 23, 2005, by Pope Benedict XVI.

Monday, 13 September 2010 00:00

The San Ignazio frescoes

These two short videos take you to a guided discovery of the San Ignazio frescoes.

"The light of the Trinity inflames the heart of saint Ignatius then spreads to the entire world through the grace of many mediators ; such is the theme of the ceilings of the San Ignazio church in Rome.

Brother Andrea Pozzo completed the paintings in 1685, in accordance with the requirements of the Council of Trent: artists were asked to guard against the excessive influence of ancient mythology and to exalt the truth of Incarnation with an art capable of demonstrating the vanities of the visible world. : pictures are nothing by themselves and it would be unwise to rely on them."

"The second sequence highlights the spiritual struggle of mission : The fire of the Gospel and its action are confronted with the infinite perversity of passions and all kinds of violence and idolatry. The ogres and monsters painted by Pozzo do indeed illustrate the diverse heresies of the Reform but we can interpret them today as images of a spiritual struggle that takes place essentially in the innermost being of every believer. Once again, the huge frescoes of this vaulted ceiling tell first of the magnificent way the Word of fire enters the hearts of men, spreading into different cultures, a Word that penetrates all that is really human, joyfully transfiguring the body of believers. Divine love begins to speak to the hearts of the pagans who knew nothing of it and it renews the courage of all those who stumble along the path of faith."



Friday, 27 September 2013 14:12

Teaching the "New" Modern Language, Chinese

In parallel to the interviews made with different learners of Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan, we decided to ask various teachers about their experience teaching in Taipei but also abroad, such as Mexico and France. Shufan, for example, has been a teacher of Chinese as a Foreign language for more than five years, her favourite experience being teaching to College students. She also lived in Mexico two years where she taught young children. Feajuar is a slightly less experienced teacher who has now switched to teaching English as a second language in Taiwan. Leo, or "professor Zhu" (朱老師) is one of the rare male teachers of Mandarin in Taipei, we met him at the Tianmu branch of the infamous Taipei Language Institute. Emmanuelle is French and she has been teaching Chinese to junior high school students in France for two years, at Perigueux, she was then in Taiwan for a workshop on teaching Chinese a sa foreign language. 

For our viewers in mainland China, please click here.

Wednesday, 04 September 2013 10:59

A Modern Transposition of the Saint-John Apocalypse

Chinese ink, color pencils, a schoolboy's quill and some paper were the only materials used by the French artist Gaston-Louis Marchal to perform a 78,4 square meter drawing.
This gives place to 84 paper panels that are used as squares for a tapestry.
With graphic computing techniques, this tapestry has been transformed into vast and noticeable frescoes visible in the church of Our Lady of Hope in Castres.

Thursday, 20 October 2011 11:47

The Flesh of Matter, the Light of Colours

Born in 1944 in Orléans (France), Bernard Foucher is a contemporary artist, painter, sculptor and stained-glass windows maker. He illustrates also modern poets (Bernard Noël, Michel Lagrange, Hélène Cadou) in fine arts books gathered in a collection called Alphabet existentiel.

In this video are mixed together animations with music on several of his paintings as well as fragments of interview. Bernard Foucher tells us how he works, how he preserves his artistic freedom and how he wants to respect the differences between paintings and sculptures. He also suggests us the genuine possibility of a conciliation between life and artistic creation.

Thursday, 01 September 2011 00:00

Léo or the Letter and the Spirit

This story plays on the challenges for young children when they go to school for the first time. Mister Laflèche tries to help a pupil enjoy learning how to read and write on his first day. The letters are anthropomorphised, so as to exorcise the fear of the child. Each letter represents something meaningful for everybody, even if they are not involved directly in the western biblical culture. We have to go beyond contradictions that separate the living relationship (the spoken language) from the written language. Enjoy together with your mother, father, son or daughter.

Thank you to Nino Rota for the music and to Nick Coulson for the English translation


Monday, 29 August 2011 00:00

Traces of time

In the South-East of Paris, on the 22th of June 2011, at the exhibition hall Les Voûtes, three taiwanese artists submitted their work to the public eye:

- Dialogue remixé de style FF (The remixed dialogue of two "FF" type face) by Li-Ming Cheng
- 40 by Charlene Shih,
- La lumière dépasse le temps, n°2 (Light Overtakes Time, no.2) by Chi-Yang Chiang

They chose a common theme, 'The traces of time', but each offered us a different and original approach to this theme.

Saturday, 10 September 2011 00:00

Shakespeare's Songs for All Seasons

Former teacher at the College de France, translator, essayist and poet, Michael Edwards is a specialist in Shakespeare's plays; he's also very keen on classic and modern theater (Molière, Claudel, etc..), poetry and spirituality.

He's written many books about such topics. This interview was inspired by an article published in the French periodical Etvdes (may 2011) and insists on the human and spiritual aspect of the tragedies and comedies of Shakespeare. This interview shares with us the capacity of wonder in the comedies of Shakespeare as well as the great sense of human passion displayed in his tragedies: the songs let the spectator enter into another world within the present tense, a world made of marvels, irony and pains. In the world of Shakespeare, there is no time for idleness; the language of songs tells what can't be grasped within the imperishable movement of voices and dialogues.

This first video introduces  the main features of songs in Shakespeare's plays : the musicians who worked for him, the instrument used, the way the songs were integrated to both tragedies and comedies and the kind of distance it introduces within the narration.

Alternate for readers in China

This second video insists on the genuine "mirth" displayed in the comedies of Shakespeare. The celebration of carpe diem by the lovers expresses a trust in what love means for both man and woman. It opens people to the plenitude of the "now and here" while suggesting with a tender irony a transcendantal dimension of human life.

Alternate for readers in China

This third video speaks of the notion of "atonement" : it signifies a deep and secret correspondance between things, even if remote at first sight. It illustrates the passion for "oneness" at work in the heart of the poet. It points also to the depth of reconciliation that music is able to demonstrate, going beyond contradictions of life and enmity.

Alternate for readers in China


Wednesday, 10 August 2011 14:15

The Bedouin's Gift of the Eucharist

This video witnesses the consoling discovery of the desert after a period of grief. The beauty of the landscape the hospitality of the Bedouin guides and the inspired humanity of Michèle the pilgrim convey a new zest for life. The Bedouin's attitude to their christian hosts shows a greatness of deeds rather than one of words.

Tuesday, 07 December 2010 10:42


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Bûcheron, dépose ta hache sous l'arbre de minuit
Et offre un siège ému à l'enfant de l'Esprit
Vois enfin la sève brassée avec la cendre, et le monde en sou neuf
Dévaster l'astre ancien des faubourgs et des temples

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