hymns of the faithful, and those with long memories turn their faces skyward as the ash of an almost-millennia touches down in a gentle sorrow Ave Maria, gratia plena bless the people who answered the call risked life and love to save it all let the church bells ring as they still stand tall - the hearts of the world reached out fingertips on point zero of the french heart and though we weep alongside you history will rise like the phoenix, as history is wont to do - so keep faith, hold hope, Dominus tecum
Originally written in tribute of the Notre Dame Apr 16, 2019. Original author’s notes below.
Watching the Notre Dame in flames yesterday was one of the most spiritually heartrending things I’ve ever watched. You do not need to believe in God to feel something over such a large and exquisite piece of history going up in flames, and I tell you – I felt a lot of things yesterday. I’ve been following the news, and for the most part, I’ve seen nothing but good people and info: the majority (if not all) of the artwork/statues/artifacts have been saved thanks to the brave emergency responders on scene, and that both the towers and main structure are ‘safe’, though there are still structural risks.
There is good and hope from this, but I really just wanted to get my initial feelings down while watching it unfold.