Notre Dame Cathedral is Burning

Paris Cathedral in Flames

Since the Middle Ages, the Notre Dame Cathedral has been an icon in Paris. Built between the 12th and 14th centuries, it was started in 1163 by Maurice de Sully the French Bishop. Located on a small island called Ile de la Cite (Isle of the city) it is in the middle of the Seine. However, the French Gothic architecture took three stages and 200 years to build. The Cathedral was finished in 1250.

We are at spiritual war.

The inside is said to look like a “forest of trees”, due to the fact that the entire interior is made of roughly 52 acres of very old wood. Priceless relics glitter on the inside. Gargoyles methodically placed outside the entire building are to frighten off and protect those that it guards against evil or harmful spirits. Namely the church.

Fire Reigns Down During Holy Week

Cross still standing after Notre Dame Cathedral went up in flames. Photo Credit: Philippe Wojazer, AFP/ Getty Images

Horrifyingly, on the evening of April 15, 2019, during the Holiest Week in the Liturgical calendar, the roof of the Cathedral caught on fire. Five hours later, the fire is still lighting up the Parisian night sky. It has torn down the 110ft Spire and now has eliminated the entire roof. The fire is expected to burn for days.

The bell towers are safe. Spectators spilled into the streets. As a result, this blocked First Responders as they tried to enter from the front to attack the blaze. The building has endured several revolutions. For example, Henry VI of England was made king. Joan of Arc was beatified by Pope Pius X. There are just a few examples among other notorious events.

Suspicions Rise as the Flames Burn

New York’s Cardinal Dolan says, “This is a moment of tears for Notre Dame. Much like Christ dying, today’s dying will bring rising.” This has left many in the world with an emotional gut check. It leaves many suspicions in our minds. How did this start? Was this terrorism or the renovations?

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As of March 20, 2019, 10 incidents of vandalism and desecration of Catholic churches have been reported across the Channel. These incidents have happened since the beginning of February. French Roman-Catholic newspaper La Croix International reported about the attacks on churches that took place across France. Senseless acts that included the desecration of altars and the defacing of Christ on the cross. In an extreme case, human excrement was spread across the walls of a Holy Place of Worship.

Since the rise in the numbers of migrants in Europe, France has seen an increase in these kinds of terror attacks. Specifically, one involving Ines Madina. She and three other women were involved in a foiled plot to blow up a car packed with gas canisters near the Notre Dame Cathedral. Madina faced sentencing in a French court and received eight years in prison. There were earlier offenses on her record.

Historic Treasure Up in Flames

This has been a great symbol of our history and in our world. Radicals have wanted it gone for a long time and today, unfortunately, they got their wish to damage “Our Lady”.

This is very emotional for the people of Paris, Catholic communities, and the world. Now is a time for Churches everywhere to ring the bells in unison for prayer and strength, for we are at spiritual war.