“I once toured Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris and was astonished to see gargoyles (demons) all along its spectacular roofline. When I asked why they would include such symbols of evil, the translator replied, ‘Ho-ho, we do not embrace evil, monsieur, we mock it! You see, the demons are racing away!’ (Each gargoyle is countered by an angel directly opposite it inside.) ‘And,’ the translator added, ‘we humble them by making them serve as water spouts!’” ~from the blog post Is Halloween Evil?
I’m praying that the people of France will find a new sense of unity and purpose in restoring Notre Dame, one of the world’s most significant and sublime works of architecture. I’m also praying that, here in the midst of Holy Week, many will find a new sense of unity and purpose in rediscovering the faith it represents.
Vive l’esprit de Notre-Dame!