FAITH BESIEGED BY FIRE AND DEVASTATION
To desecrate a place of worship is to strike at the heart of every human being.
May, usually referred to as the prettiest time of year, will remain a memory this year as the aftermath of what occurred on April 15, 2019. The Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris, France suffered a tragic fire that took two days to extinguish.
The basilica was built on the eastern end of a small island, “ILE de La Cite," in the middle of the Seine River, a site where religious rites always took place. Construction began in 1163 and completed in 1345. With over 13 million visitors a year, Notre Dame has witnessed a 1000 years of history.
Checking the history on Google I found a story on another “Notre Dame” church written by A. Walentz. Suffice to say this cathedral is in a very different part of the world and was partly destroyed in 2010 by a severe earthquake in Haiti. Today, 10 years later it still lies in pieces, forgotten: Notre-Dame de l’assomption.
The government has far more serious issues than the rebuilding of a church, if ever. Haitian people, in general are far more severely impoverished now than before. I hope people will take the time to check out both of these interesting stories.
It would seem that here at home places of worship are under siege. A synagogue in Poway CA reported a fatal arson fire. Six months prior there was a church fire in Pittsburgh PA. This morning in Southwest Detroit a building caught fire across the street from a well-known Catholic church. I am not a harbinger of doom but this wave of destruction has to cease. We need our churches — all of them.
Here at home in the “D” our Tigers are going full steam ahead. It would be great if they got the pennant this year. School will be out soon for the summer and the question comes up — “What about the kids?”. Here is a great idea. The International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit is having a Global Journey Summer Day Camp. It starts June 24 thru August 2, 2019. Summer fun and learning with ethnic languages, music, dance, a free lunch with a taste of international cuisine, field trips to other local museums and lots of great things to do, fun for the entire family. Call (313) 871 – 8600 ext. 226 for more information and an application.
Check out Campus Martius for their beach area. Have a blessed month. Until next time! Michelle