This image of the interior of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame after the fire is haunting. In the darkened sanctuary a cross stands, shining in the distance. The words of Viktor Frankl remind us “what is to give light must endure burning.”
Upon awakening from a night of fitful sleep I thought about Fluctuat nec mergitur. This Latin phrase translates more or less to “she is tossed by the waves, but does not sink.” Since at least 1358 it has been used as the motto by the city of Paris. Today the city of Paris, the City of Lights, or in French, La Ville-Lumière has been tossed indeed. The Cathedral of Notre-Dame rests in the remains of smoke and ashes after a devastating fire, but it has not sunk, nor has Paris itself. Yet when I woke up, I had to wonder if it had really happened.
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