Fire at Notre DameOn May 2, 2019 by Carley Grace
From April 15 to April 16th, Notre Dame was in flames. The spire that was built in the 12th century had collapsed and Paris was in a state of mourning. Notre Dame had survived the French revolution as well as two world wars. The country was watching a piece of its culture and history burn before their very eyes. The rest of the world also watched with horror as news spread as quickly as the fire. Our own Donald Trump tweeted “So horrible to watch the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Perhaps flying water tankers could be used to put it out. Must act quickly!” Unfortunately for Donald, deploying the water tankers ran the risk of disrupting the structural integrity of the building, therefore most of the fire assault came from the ground. The fire took more than twelve hours to put out, burning over two days. All of this happened during holy week, so it was especially trying on the Catholic community. Inside the cathedral were several important Catholic relics including the crown of thorns believed to be placed on Jesus’s head before his crucifixion. Fortunately, several relics, as well as the famous bell towers and stained glass windows, escaped from the blaze with minimal damage.
Following the tragedy, many wealthy entrepreneurs, businessmen, actor, and actresses were quick to donate. Over $1 billion dollars were raised in just two days. The speed and amount of money raised eyebrows from many people. How is it that so many people are willing to donate money to repair an old building, but no one is willing to donate to help people. They criticized the wealthy. They believe the wealthy are using their money, not for the greater good, but to perpetuate wealth and the society of the wealthy. They called for the rich to do something meaningful for people suffering in the present rather than focus on restoring the glory of the past. What started as a church fire ended as a call to do something impactful for those truly in need of impact.
I have decided to include a photo I took of Notre Dame about 3 1/2 months before the fire.