Notre Dame

This post is by Jeff Carter from Points and Figures

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A very tragic day yesterday as Notre Dame in Paris caught fire and burned.  A lot of folks posted photos of themselves visiting Notre Dame.  Mine are stored on a hard drive somewhere.  I was there in 2006.  It was a Sunday. The prior week on Sunday I was in Rome at St. Peter’s Basilica, and the week after at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.  On this day there was a worship service starting and the priest put a bunch of incense in a large round container at the front of the cathedral.  The fragrant smoke wafted through the place.  There was a chant going on and it was quite mystical.  A lot different than yesterday.

There will be an outpouring of support for Notre Dame.  It

supposedly a fire caused by a construction glitch and let’s hope that this is the case and not something nefarious.

These cathedrals can be rebuilt.

The Allies destroyed a few cathedrals and monasteries in their march from Normandy to Berlin.  They were rebuilt after the war.  Here is a photo of Monte Cassino in Italy today.

Here is what it was like after the Allies bombed it. If you read my friend Robert Edsel’s book, Saving Italy, you can read how Allied commanders made a tragic mistake.

It will never be exactly the same. But, it can be rebuilt and it should be rebuilt.