4/15/19, Notre Dame

 

Hi Everyone,

I hope that all is well with you.

With the greatest of sadness I am writing my blog to you, after watching Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris burn today, its spire fall and its roof collapse. It is an exquisite iconic twelfth century Cathedral, symbolic of Paris, and France, and dear to most French people’s hearts. As I learned of the fire, I was flooded with emails from Europe, from the States, from Mexico, Hawaii, Paris, from people I barely know, from close friends, from my bankers, my children. It was truly a world shattering tragic event. The images were heartbreaking.

In this holy week before Easter, I am reminded again of the Resurrection, of the idea of Renewal, new beginnings of rebirth. Notre Dame Cathedral has had her crucifixion and trial by fire, and I can only pray that this deeply symbolic and beautiful church will rise from the ashes and have a resurrection of its own, with the help of all who love her, and honor all that she represents. Her spirit continues, and hopefully will continue for many more centuries once she is restored.

all my love, and may you have a peaceful week.

love, Danielle

 

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  1. Bonnie April 16, 2019 10:19 am

    Dearest Danielle, Yesterday as I watched the magnificent Cathedral fall, I was coming alongside you in prayer. It blessed me to read your blog filled with STRENGTH and HOPE that comes from our Lord.Your words give comfort and hope. Thank you.
    Your last paragraph will be my prayer. We can all have new beginnings because of the cross …Amen

  2. Elaine April 16, 2019 10:21 am

    Danielle,

    We were watching with horror the pictures here(in the US)as well. I was so struck by the pictures of the French citizens kneeling in the street, praying for their beloved Cathedral. Our hearts and prayers are with Notre Dame, Paris, France, and the french people as well.

    With prayers,

    Elaine

  3. Rob Scott April 16, 2019 12:08 pm

    “In this holy week before Easter, I am reminded again of the Resurrection, of the idea of Renewal, new beginnings of rebirth. Notre Dame Cathedral has had her crucifixion and trial by fire, and I can only pray that this deeply symbolic and beautiful church will rise from the ashes and have a resurrection of its own, with the help of all who love her, and honor all that she represents.”

    Amen, Danielle.

    I am with you in prayer.

    I remember this from my visit to Paris years ago. Upon entering Notre Dame Cathedra there was the most beautiful choir all in white robes singing. I felt the most profound sense of love and sacredness as I looked around. I began to weep and that emotional feeling stayed with me for some time. There are others who shared a similar experience with me.

    TWLS,
    Rob Scott
    ABQ, NM

  4. Laetitia April 17, 2019 5:53 am

    Dear Danielle,

    How sad to see this wonderful cathedral destroyed. I visited it a few years ago and wanted to go back last week but I was in Paris only for one day and I didn’t have the time. Now I regret it…

  5. Camille April 23, 2019 6:28 pm

    Danielle,
    “Cathedral Notre Dame de Paris” is a medieval , French gothic architecture”.
    I always imagine how human beings at that time with no computers or great technology were able to build a such great monument .It is located on the 4th arrondissement and it is such a monument that needs to be seen whenever someone visit Paris.
    Well a fire tried to destroy this FORTUNE!
    The good new is some good angels plan to rebuild it .
    Thanks to those with such a BIG HEARTS *
    Lord have Mercy*

    Camille