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We, along with the rest of the world, were devastated to learn the fate of the Notre Dame earlier this week. At 6:20 pm local time, a fire alarm sounded, and the cathedral was evacuated; only twenty minutes later, security spotted flames in the wooden framework of the attic. The cause of the fire is not yet clear, but many believe the restoration construction likely played a part.
Approximately two-thirds of the roof was destroyed, and three large interior holes remain. Sadly, the famous 295-foot tower burned and fell during the fire. The timing of the event, the week leading up to Easter, makes the situation much more tragic.
In today’s world, it can be tough to remain positive when we know war divides dozens of countries, hatred can quickly lead to violence and unexpected disasters can bring about terrible sadness. Fortunately, as we mentioned earlier, we have an upcoming holiday, which should bring a bit of optimism back.
This Sunday, many of us will likely be surrounded by a sea of Easter lilies, which symbolize virtue, hope and faith. In Christian traditions, the white lily signifies a time of rebirth and a new beginning, which is why they are also sent as sympathy gifts. Stories say that these beautiful flowers rose up in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus wept in the last hours before being betrayed, nothing short of a miracle.
The Easter Season gives us all an opportunity to put our negativity aside and instead to look ahead to a bright, hopeful future. A few years ago, leaders of the Christian Churches in Jerusalem spoke the following words, which we feel still rings true in 2019:
“There are indeed signs of darkness around us, which make this a painful time to live through, but the darkest part of the night is often shortly before the dawn. The joyful proclamation of the Resurrection at dawn on Easter Sunday assures us that the last word lies not with violence and inhumanity but with God’s purpose of love, justice and hope which runs like a thread throughout history and will find its ultimate fulfillment in the coming fullness of his Kingdom.”
During this Easter Season, choose hope. We know that life can be challenging, but remember that the Notre Dame Cathedral will be rebuilt and brighter days are ahead. From all of us at Lions Pride, we’d like to wish you and your family a blessed Easter Sunday.