Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

The cameras rolled as Notre Dame Cathedral was engulfed in flames. Notre Dame, a 900 year-old structure at the center of Paris, and a picture of French identity, represented a worldview that shaped not just France but all of Europe. When the iconic spire at the center of the cathedral caved in and crumbled amidst the flames, the hearts of many fell. The spire pointed to heaven and the cross at very top pointed to the sovereign reign of Jesus. Many see the destruction of Notre Dame as metaphorical: the decline of Europe, the decline of Christian influence and even civilization itself. Notre Dame is a powerful symbol of Christianity—the faith that shaped Western civilization. Even as this powerful symbol burned in Paris, may we see a new and vibrant Christian faith that animated Europe arise out of the ashes.