Atget - 1907
(Mission du Patrimoine Photographique)
Notre-Dame de Paris
saved and now secure, its restoration is now under way. Shortly after the fire, the writer and academician François Cheng, had the following words of simple and profound humanity:
« This cathedral,
which has existed for 850 years, despite its wooden frames, has not really experienced a fire. And all of a sudden, this April 15, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., it happened. History will never forget this flame that springs from her womb and rises to the sky with astonishing
fury. It will remember this date. But at a higher level, there is this intense emotion that takes hold of everyone. And everyone in the night, stunned, desperate, feels that this emotion is shared by others, and then by a whole people and then by the whole
world. At that time we are irresistibly drawn into a universal communion ... We must never forget it.
If you allow me, I add a very brief intimate remark. Let’s not forget that it’s Our Lady so it’s
a maternal presence. We know what maternal love is, something natural, normal: we enjoy it, we take advantage of it, we abuse it often, but without worrying too much about it. One day, suddenly, this maternal presence is torn from us. So, we are immersed in
infinite sadness, in infinite regret. We say to ourselves: there are so many things we could have told her and we never did. We never told her, "I love you." Now it's too late. This feeling of "too late" grabbed us as the spire turned into a torch and broke.
So a cry of terror seized us ... Our Lady is going to leave without us having time to say goodbye. Fortunately, the next day we were reassured ... She is saved. In this case, let's not be forgetful. Let us be full of gratitude and be faithful to this common