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Despite massive fire at Notre Dame cathedral cross and altar still standing praise God

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Despite a massive fire that destroyed most of the roof and wooden structure of the Notre Dame cathedral the cross and altar are still standing praise God. It saddened me today to watch the beautiful structure engulfed in flames as it was the highlight of a business trip I took to Paris in 2010.

The blaze collapsed the cathedral’s spire and spread to one of its landmark rectangular towers, but Paris fire chief Jean-Claude Gallet said the church’s structure had been saved after firefighters managed to stop the fire spreading to the northern belfry. The 12th-century cathedral is home to incalculable works of art and is one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions, immortalized by Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

The exact cause of the blaze was not known, but French media quoted the Paris fire brigade as saying the fire is “potentially linked” to a 6 million-euro ($6.8 million) renovation project on the church’s spire and its 250 tons of lead. The Paris prosecutors’ office ruled out arson and possible terror-related motives, and said it was treating it as an accident.

A hole left by the fallen spire was still burning and sparks rained down from the cathedral’s vaulted ceilings more than five hours after the fire broke out. Gallet said fire crews would keep working overnight to cool down the structure.

When it became safe to enter the Notre Dame cathedral the cross and the altar remained enact. Perhaps in a week that we recognize what Jesus did for us sacrificing his life and dying for us . Then on Easter celebrating that he rose from the grave and we know serve a risen lord the fire can be a metaphor for our lives as Christians. Christ takes us through the fire through life’s trials and the cross remains. Jesus is always there for us.

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