France is the home of many magnificent and ancient cathedrals, such as those in Chartres, Nance, Saint Nazaire, Evereux, Marseille, Nantes and literally a hundred more. However, Notre Dame Cathedral of Paris is the mother of all cathedrals in France and, to many, in all of Europe as well (“Official: Notre Dame faced ‘chain-reaction collapse’ in fire,” Web, April 17).
The cathedrals in France and Europe have been in dire straits for decades as the younger European generation has become less Christian and more atheistic. Youngsters who think they understand everything and the origin of everything have no need for Christianity or even a God. But I believe that having Notre Dame taken away in such a public demonstration will spark a resurgence of Christianity and fervor in Paris and all of France that hasn’t been seen since the French Revolution. Notre Dame’s priests will be holding services and giving communion in the streets of Paris, on the Left Bank (Rive Gauche) and the Right Bank (Rive Droite). They will be giving communion in the Sacre-Cur Basilica and on the streets of Pigalle. The services will be carried live on Parisian TV and Paris will once again be the center of Christianity.
Many see the burning of Notre Dame as a disaster, but I see it as a blessing for the Christian faith.