Notre Dame Cathedral
Various people have suggested that the rebuilding effort of the great Cathedral should be combined with a rebuilding of the Catholic faith in France and Europe. Hopefully, this huge tragedy will be the impetus for real renewal. Others have pointed out how universal is the appreciation for this great beauty of a Church- even among those who are indifferent or hostile to religion, Christianity, or Catholicism.
Steven Schloeder commented on his facebook page a great thought as a Catholic architect, ending with this very true bit:
"Consider the Los Angeles Cathedral. It already looks like a wreck. No one would care if it got destroyed. No one loves it. No one thinks it a sign of God's effusive beauty and glory and goodness and order.
Yet Notre Dame de Paris made us weep for its loss. What a contrast."
This is good news: