The miracles of Notre Dame

The first miracle of Monday’s devastating fire at Notre Dame is that the 856-year old structure remains standing.

The second is that her precious relics – including the crown of thorns – survived.

And the third miracle (because we Catholics like to do things in threes) is that, thanks to the quick response of Parisian firefighters and a groundswell of global financial support, that proud cathedral will rise again.

Resiliency is the hallmark of any great city, and Paris boasts that in spades.

For example, we arrived for our trip-of-a-lifetime to Paris in June of 2016, almost exactly a year after the attack on Charlie Hebdo and seven months past the coordinated shootings at the Stade de France stadium and the Bataclan Concert Hall.  A swollen Seine stood empty of traffic, thanks to historic flooding, and the city’s transit system and trash collections were dicey, due to a national strike.

But, Parisian’s rallied, elegantly shook off the water and fear, and welcomed us tourists with warm croissants and hot Gypsy jazz. We rose early that first morning, and walked straight to Notre Dame, the first stop on a jam-packed trip that we’ll treasure for the rest of our lives.

Just like everyone else, I watched with horror Monday as that gorgeous spire toppled in flames. For a moment, it reminded me of two other horrible topplings that happened on September 11 here on our soil.

But, then I saw the goosebump-raising videos of Parisians singing in the shadow of those enormous flames and I knew that the city and its heart would be okay.

This is Holy Week in the Catholic faith and the specific days in it trace a journey of faith, sacrifice, grief and resurrection.

How beautiful, then, to see a similar journey through the metaphor of Notre Dame.

I read that this stained glass rose survived. Another miracle.
A young couple married the day we saw Notre Dame.
This picture of my girls and that beautiful cathedral was one of the first I took.
An intensely spiritual place, Notre Dame will rise again.
I lit a candle of hope for my sister, and of remembrance for my friend Karen when we visited and I’m happy to say my sister is doing well and will be joining us this year for Easter Brunch.
Photo cred: Katherine
A beautiful metaphor of strength, hope, faith and resurrection.

5 thoughts on “The miracles of Notre Dame

  1. I share the same “goosebumps” reaction Laura! And share the fond memories of experiencing the amazing Notre Dame Cathedral!
    Happy your sister will join you at Easter!

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