A time to weep

That, of course, is Notre Dame de Paris, as she has looked since roughly 1260. The interior it is said requited cutting some 52 acres of timber. That’s a lot of wood. And it’s been quite the life, through war and revolution, and even desecration, it’s hung on. But this morning it looks different.

Smoke billows as fire engulfs the spire of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier – RC1AC7F22C50

Frankly, it hit me as I watched very much like watching the attack on the World Trade Center did, for both were symbols the WTC of a proud trading nation, and Notre Dame of a time when lives were centered on God, not ourselves. I sat here for a while yesterday, watching through my tears, even as I did on 9/11. I’m neither proud nor ashamed of that, it just is. Not only me, either.

The French say it was just an accident caused by the renovators currently working there. Like most of you, I tend to distrust governments because they have a propensity to lie, to cover up, on the other hand, it would hardly be the first time a careless workman destroyed a building. So, it likely is so.

The French also say it will be rebuilt, and already contributions are pouring in. But I wonder, are they rebuilding a historic building, or a tourist attraction, or a house of God. The name is Our Lady of Paris after all, and the French have not been noted for their Christianity since before the Revolution. So we (or more likely you younger people) will see. I will pray for the rebuilding of a house of God.

Some, at least of the relics and artwork were saved, amongst them The Crown of Thorns, reputed to be the actual Crown of Thorns that was pressed on Jesus’s head this very week long ago. It may or may not be the original, but it is a reminder.

Another parallel with the Trade Center. I suspect some of you remember this, as I instantly did yesterday.

This is from the interior of Notre Dame this morning.

And so, again, the essential remains, and we have received a message, we would do well to heed.

Ecclesiastes 3 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

All things have their season, and in their times all things pass under heaven.

A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.

A time to kill, and a time to heal. A time to destroy, and a time to build.

A time to weep, and a time to laugh. A time to mourn, and a time to dance.

A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather. A time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.

A time to get, and a time to lose. A time to keep, and a time to cast away.

A time to rend, and a time to sew. A time to keep silence, and a time to speak.

A time of love, and a time of hatred. A time of war, and a time of peace.

What hath man more of his labour?

10 I have seen the trouble, which God hath given the sons of men to be exercised in it.

11 He hath made all things good in their time, and hath delivered the world to their consideration, so that man cannot find out the work which God hath made from the beginning to the end.

12 And I have known that there was no better thing than to rejoice, and to do well in this life.

13 For every man that eateth and drinketh, and seeth good of his labour, this is the gift of God.

14 I have learned that all the works which God hath made, continue for ever: we cannot add any thing, nor take away from those things which God hath made that he may be feared.

15 That which hath been made, the same continueth: the things that shall be, have already been: and God restoreth that which is past.

16 I saw under the sun in the place of judgment wickedness, and in the place of justice iniquity.

17 And I said in my heart: God shall judge both the just and the wicked, and then shall be the time of every thing.

18 I said in my heart concerning the sons of men, that God would prove them, and shew them to be like beasts.

19 Therefore the death of man, and of beasts is one, and the condition of them both is equal: as man dieth, so they also die: all things breathe alike, and man hath nothing more than beast: all things are subject to vanity.

20 And all things go to one place: of earth they were made, and into earth they return together.

21 Who knoweth if the spirit of the children of Adam ascend upward, and if the spirit of the beasts descend downward?

22 And I have found that nothing is better than for a man to rejoice in his work, and that this is his portion. For who shall bring him to know the things that shall be after him?

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17 Responses to A time to weep

  1. Nicholas says:

    It is strange because recently I have been revisiting the Wars of the Roses (perhaps Brexit reminded me of them) and have been thinking about that time when we were a Catholic nation and had ties to Europe through the wool trade and the machinations of France and Burgundy.

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    • NEO says:

      Aye, and the French were as well. I tend to periodically get hooked on the Tudors, and how very much the gather of the modern world Henry VIII was, both in the positive of pulling somewhat away from Europe, and in the negative as so much of the recognition of our rights flows from his excesses.

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      • Nicholas says:

        Yes, if historians are anything to go by, the Tudor period revitalised English patriotism and gave us a spirit that is with us still today. I suspect that patriotism was not necessarily a factor for many during the Hundred Years’ War. Many peasants may have objected to being embroiled in what they saw as an argument between noblemen.

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        • NEO says:

          Not much, if what is written is to be relied on. Between complaining about the King and Nobles, and complaining about how much it cost. Heck, it sounds almost like last week, doesn’t it? And yet, I think a goodly share of that English attitude traces back to the field of Agincourt, the first time since Rome that the freemen were victorious over the noblemen.

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  2. Gilia Rethman says:

    Beautiful post, NEO. And you expressed my thoughts as well: How did this happen? (I also have my suspicions). Why rebuild? Is this the French 9/11? This happening at the beginning of the most solemn week for the Christian religion is significant. I’ve never believed in coincidences and I haven’t changed my opinion on that.

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    • NEO says:

      Gilia! How wonderful to see you here! :)x

      Yeah, I got some doubts, and one of them is whether we’ll ever really know what started it. In a sense, it doesn’t matter, it happened, deal with it.

      I wanted to mostly write about Passiontide this week, well, I got overruled again. I don’t believe in coincidences either, and that unbelief is why I’ll not worry overmuch about the cause. What was not a coincidence was that cross gleaming in the blackened interior, that cross, central to the Faith, that is a sign and a call to worship.

      So maybe I wrote about passiontide anyway. 🙂


  3. the unit says:

    I wish, wish, wish it had not have happened, then wouldn’t have to consider hapless, inept worker or some extremist activity causing it.
    I’ve read that restoration construction requires the utmost discipline and exactness of planning, procedure considered and action finally taken.
    So I don’t know. Won’t be like a democrat and wish whatever bad happens is caused by a person he doesn’t like very much.
    And so not wishing, think what I think is what I know though. 🙂

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  4. Scoop says:

    The obvious difference between 9/11 and Notre Dame’s conflagration are interesting but lest we not forget the loss of 3000 lives and (those who died later from smoke, asbestos, cancer and the like) in the 9/11 attack. But then again we may not have suffered the loss of life (apparent) in this fire but within many there was a small part of our souls that was immolated along with the building. Symbols mean something and Notre Dame was certainly more valuable of a symbol than was our tower. It was lives that I mourned at 9/11 and it is the loss of faith, hope and charity that I mourn for in France and by extension throughout Western Christendom. And yes, I must confess that the first thought in my mind is that the same human forces of malignant origin (IS) was behind this. But why should we surprised at that reaction; they seem to be the army of satan in all his wrath lashing out at God and man . . . and those two events represent both.

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    • NEO says:

      Yes, it makes one understand why the iconoclasts were so hated. Places like Notre Dame hold so much of the symbolism of our faith, that we all feel the loss. One of the time when we truly are a catholic faith. For me the connection is this, our country, like Europe is a product of the faith, and so the WTC struck at both, leaving behind a very rugged cross, while Notre Dame showed a more beautiful form, as Our Lady would wish.

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  5. the unit says:

    “One of the time when we truly are a catholic faith.”
    Already the MSM interjecting in the theories abounding, got to consider all the conflicting diverse ideas. Yep, mentioned the “yellow vests”. Shades of Janet Nepolitano and suspect vet terrorists.
    Who done it! Trump’s fault whatever.

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  6. Elihu says:

    I was reflecting on the similarities with 9/11 as well as I watched the onlookers singing Ave Maria. The summer before 9/11, I sang with my college choir in Notre Dame. Just a few short months later, I would watch in horror as thousands of Americans died suddenly. It al brought back some poignant memories for sure.

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