Nov 25, 2015
On this weekend, Americans pause to give thanks for our bountiful gifts. Yet, the homeland is on edge with our collective eye riveted on Paris, Brussels, and beyond.
The Cathedral of Notre Dame
Two weeks ago, the French began their response to the Isis attacks in a way that spoke volumes to the question, "Where is God?" The bells of Notre Dame in Paris tolled 129 times for the repose of the 129 souls, most of them Parisian youth, massacred two days earlier in the Isis attacks. As of this writing, that number has risen to 130.
The Cathedral of Notre Dame is not only the heart of Paris; geographically, it is also the central point in France. Since its foundation in the twelfth century, the cathedral has exercised a central role in political events. In times of national distress and mourning, Parisians have flocked to Notre Dame for consolation, for the liturgical services and homilies, for its beautiful music and visual splendor-graces poured out on the congregants.