Though separated by time and a continent, the fire at Notre Dame cathedral and the Capitol riots on January 6 symbolizes the same crisis of the West.
The heroic efforts of the first responders to the Notre Dame blaze nearly 18 months ago provide us a reason for hope and the possibility of renewal.
The Notre Dame de Paris is still in grave danger of collapse, the cathedral monsignor warned reporters Christmas Eve at a nearby church.
You truly haven’t lived until you’ve seen Cate Blanchett wearing a bicycle helmet being spun around inside a giant clothes dryer as part of an art piece.
No tears fall for these parishes in Florida’s panhandle, devastated by hurricanes, that lack the supernal sheen of great architecture.
The symbolism of the burning cathedral is unmistakable: the West has officially entered a post-Christian phase in history.
Notre Dame’s fate is a reminder of the ravages of utilitarianism. What is the purpose of civilization if not the creation and preservation of timeless beauty and transcendent grandeur for posterity?
Notre Dame is, in many ways, much closer in the West’s cultural imagination to a Temple of Apollo than a home of the living God.
Hundreds of Parisian Catholics, many of them young people, were kneeling together on the streets around the burning cathedral for hours, well into the wee hours of the morning.
The burning of Notre Dame is not a challenge to restore a jewel of Western civilization, it’s a call to repent and believe the gospel.
Anonymous IV worked at the Cathedral of Notre Dame for approximately one decade, in the 1270s, and wrote descriptively about the vibrant music he experienced there.
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