The Miracle Of The Notre Dame Fire

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WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR THE NIGHT

Yesterday, as the Church entered Holy Week, the world was greeted with the news that the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, named after Our Lady, was up in flames.

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The tragedy followed the recent attacks of vandalism and desecration of 12 Catholic churches.

It is no secret that France has been in turmoil in recent years.

The Yellow Vest movementย formed in response to several injustices and upheavals in Paris is a reflection the pain, frustration and anger felt by the French people.

France is the eldest daughter of the Church and it really doesn’t matter how far she runs from Him, she still belongs to her Heavenly Father.

And like any loving father would, God will sometimes lead, not with a carrot, but with a stick.

The destruction of France and its purification by fire are all God’s attempts to get his prodigal daughter back home.

With recent events in Paris, from the destruction of 10 churches recently and now burning of the Notre-Dame, people are wondering: is this a sign, an omen, a foreboding?

Perhaps.

What I do know is that destruction of family values, which is intrinsically tied to Christian values, will result in the destruction of a nation.

This article that I wrote last year makes a connection between this and the prophecies of Our Lady Of La Salette.

Marriage and family, with Christ at the centre, are not just essential building blocks of the nation, but the foundation of civilisation itself.

To remove the importance of marriage and family from society is to annihilate that society.

But did France listen? No, she did not.

And then yesterday, one of the greatest French symbols of the faith and a great artefact of the Church went up in flames, leaving the entire world watching in shock.

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The 850-year-old Cathedral has seen the coronations of Henry VI of England in 1431 and of Napoleon in 1804, and it also contained priceless Church relics, including the true Crown of Thorns worn by our Lord at the Crucifixion.

How foreboding.

If ever there was evidence of God’s chastisement, not just on France, but on the entire Christian world, this is it.

All this is no coincidence.

It IS Holy Week and the Church is going through her Passion.

This fire occurred on Holy Monday which is a day that we remember Jesus cleansing the temple.

โ€œWhen you see Paris burning you will come to know that Godโ€™s justice for the church and the world has arrived”
– JESUS, TO MARIE-JULIE JAHENNYย 
(The Stigmatist Mystic from Breton)

More on her prophecies below.

 

A keyword that people around the world were using to describe the Notre Dame fire was: heartbreaking

Yes, it was heartbreaking indeed.

For we have broken our Lord’s Heart and He is desperately trying to get our attention.

Father is NOT happy!

Isaiah 61:3
โ€œTo appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.โ€

And as the fires at Our Lady’s Cathedral raged through the night, it seems that He was finally getting our attention.

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Around the world, prayers went up for Paris.

Key politicians and royal families offered their messages of condolences and support, and the French people rallied round to support each other.

Overheard from a mother whose 4-year-old on hearing about the Notre Dame fire said,
“I just hope God got out okay.”

And then this happened.

The young French people, in tears and on their knees, watching the Notre Dame burn as they pray and sing the Ave Maria.

 

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They prayed and sang through the night as fire services battled the flames.

If you like this song, you can find it below.

What a night it was, with much mourning and weeping, but a glimmer of hope and perhaps a sign from God was seen in the last pictures of the burning Notre Dame, the flames and embers formed the shape of a cross.

What a poignant and sombre start to Holy Week.

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BUT JOY COMES IN THE MORNINGย 

And it sure did!

At the 11th hour, with a crucial 30 minutes left to total destruction, the Notre Dame de Paris was saved!

How apt that today is Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s birthday, who once said:
“The greatest persecution of the Church arises not from Her enemies without, but from Her sin within.”

However, there is power in prayer and forgiveness in repentance.

Today is also the Feast Day of St Bernadette Soubirous, a French saint, to whom Our Lady appeared at Lourdes, France.

 

Meanwhile, donations had been pouring in through the night for the renovation and rebuilding of the Notre Dame.

Many celebrities, global corporations and the ultra-wealthy, including, pledged millions towards the restore the Notre Dame.

 

The destruction left behind by last nightโ€™s fire at Notre Dame in Paris was obvious to see in the cold light of day and was a very visible representation of the state of the Church culture and our world right now.

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However, in the midst of the chaos and rubble, the Cross remains intact and upright, standing tall as a call to repentance and a symbol that light will triumph over darkness.

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – John 1:5

 

The image above is also very emblematic and perhaps prophetic of the last words of St. Joan of Arc who, just before she was burned at the stake, said “Hold the Cross high so that I may see it through the flames”

 

Not far from the Cross shown above, Our Lady, Notre Dame is right there, as the Sorrowful Mother in the 13th Station of the Cross – the Pieta.

BEFORE THE FIRE

AFTER THE FIRE

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This truly is an invitation for us to turn to God, offering gratitude for the sacrifice of His Son who has redeemed us, together with the Co-Redemptrix, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 

The great Cathedral organ, although a little charred, remained intact after the fire.

 

The famous Rose Windows had inspired and encouraged so many to faith in Jesus Christ, and all three survived!

BEFORE THE FIRE

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AFTER THE FIRE

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The Christian world which anxiously awaited news on the status of the Blessed Sacrament and the real Crown of Thorns, which was stored in the Cathedral, finally received the joyful report that they had been saved from the flames.

BEFORE THE FIRE

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AFTER THE FIRE

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Fr. Jean-Marc Fournier who serves as the chaplain to the Paris fire service went into the Notre Dame as it was burning to recover the Blessed Sacrament and the Crown of Thorns.

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What makes this even more poignant is that Fr. Fournier is a traditionalist and FSSP.ย 

It’s almost as if God is telling us that Tradition is what is needed to save the Church, modern society and the world at large.

Isaiah 61:3
โ€œTo appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.โ€

Yes, God is truly speaking to us all right now.

Through our tribulations, our sufferings, through the Notre Dame fire, He WILL be glorified.

The Cross will remain firm in the face of destruction and chaos, and for us not to be swept away with the chaos and destruction of this world, we must cling to the Holy Cross, we must adore Christ our Saviour and Redeemer, and we must honour the Co-Redemptrix, our Mother Mary.

Whatever tribulation or chaos you may be going through in your family or in your life, stay close to our Lady and remain steadfast by the Cross.

Help will come.

Simply have faith, trust in God and remain obedient to His Word and His Will.

Salvation comes only through repentance, so maintain a state of grace that you may be worthy of special graces and miracles from God.

Our God is perfect Justice, but He is also Perfect Mercy.

Sometimes, the chaos and destruction we may be experiencing in our personal lives just be might God’s way of trying to get our attention and to have us come closer to Him.

He is calling. Are you listening?

 

St Bernadette Soubirous, priez pour nous

St Therese of Lisieux, priez pour nous.

St Louis de Montfort

St Joan of Arc, priez pour nous.

All ye holy saints of France, priez pour nous

 

BEHOLD THY MOTHER

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Our Lady of Lourdes, priez pour nous.

Our Lady, Notre Dame de Paris, priez pour nous.

 

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If you liked the song the French mourners sang while the Notre Dame burned, here it is:

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5 thoughts on “The Miracle Of The Notre Dame Fire

  1. Thank you for this post. The events have touched my family. Question: Is it time for “us” to build modern testaments/thank you’s? In our past we made sacrifices to build places like NDOLOP, Hagia Sophia, etc.

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