As the world remains stunned by the fire that engulfed France’s Notre Dame Monday, the symbol for what the church stands for remains standing tall.
The cathedral is thankfully still intact, including many of the wooden pews, according to images taken by many news sources and shared on social media.
While it is a miraculous sight, this is not to say there hasn’t been extensive damage to the historic church.
“Still, a massive hole can be seen in the 850-year-old cathedral’s roof. The pictures also show smoke emanating from the chancel, the area around the altar,” reports the New York Post. “Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told Le Monde there was ‘a big hole in the roof.”
But she also added, “The altar and its cross are preserved. It’s not as bad as I feared.”
Some noted that the cross seemed to be glowing or commented on how majestic it appeared surviving such a tragedy.
That this would happen to the nine-century old Notre Dame is an unconscionable tragedy. That it would happen at the beginning of Holy Week makes it all the worse.
But is there a better symbol of what the church stands for than the cross? Is there a more inspirational sight for the Christian faithful than this cross still persevering under the worst of circumstances?
CBS Evening News reports:
“Among the relics inside Notre Dame Cathedral: ‘Pieces of the cross they believe that Jesus was crucified on, as well as part of the thorned crown that he had, as well as one of the nails from the crucifixion; their status is unknown right now.”
The Vatican expressed “great shock and sadness” about the fire, and said Notre Dame is “a symbol of Christianity in France and in the world.”
Indeed. It is heartbreaking that so much was lost on Monday, for Christians, France, and the world.
But the cross still stands, both physically and as an inspiration to all.
By Bethany Blankley (The Center Square) After repeatedly refusing to answer questions and not knowing…
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene called out Twitter chief Elon Musk for "whitewashing" political violence in…
By Casey Harper (The Center Square) Republican lawmakers in both chambers of Congress have kicked…
By Bethany Blankley (The Center Square) U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas, has reintroduced a resolution…
A funny - or alarming - video clip appears to show an individual guiding President…
The Republicans have the House, which means all those investigations promised during the midterms are…
Of course he does not to talk about it cause he know nothing except that has already talked about it. He is a liar and a loser and it's time up for him to own up to the fact he does not have a single bit of his so called proof. He is a low life snake and he will never be anything but a liar and he is a nothing but a follower behind all those who have more power than he.
I agree with you John.
I'm not sure what "contact point(s)" you speak of, the only contact point I know of to the FATHER is by the blood of JESUS through the HOLY SPIRIT.
Most of it was wood from 850 years ago..The bell that feel, was called 'The Forest', because the Cathedral were mostly heavy wood and it started to dry out and split..That is one of the reason, the Cathedral burned so quickly..
Well I hope the French wake up they have been going the wrong way for quite awhile with all that France when they through you would think they would be the second Holy Land for Christians with Blessed Mother coming Twice to children
The Temple razed in 70 A.D. (OR C.E.) was the Jewish temple, not Herod's. The current Wailing Wall is the only remaining portion, and is considerably by Jews and some Christians.
The Lord works in mysterious ways! His mom's house was crumbling and the few millions of dollars available were simply not enough to fix it up. Repairs had been going on for a long time. Now an extensive renovation is in the works after this fire.. Already, a rich Frenchman has donated $250 M toward its renovation and other extremely rich men may follow suit. He may even want a bigger and better spire this time - one that involves 21 st century technology as opposed to the 17 th century one! Sure, a lot of history was lost but new history will be created for the next 1000 years!
They report that it was an "accident." If the renovators were using acetylene torches
without any dry chemical extinguishers on site, the contractor in charge should face charges.
I am suspicious of how fast the fire became uncontrollable. Evidently, no one asked the question..."what plan do we have if a fire breaks out." Hopefully, thet will determine exactly how the fire started.
Muslim fleet on there way to destroy St Peter were stopped at Malta by Admiral Andrea Doria in the past. The burning of Notre Dame may be a new attempt at destruction of catholic Institutions and Basilica.
I agree. I believe it is both a blessing to mankind and a warning!!