Most Rev. William Crean,
Bishop of Cloyne
The recent devastating fire at the Church of Notre Dame in Paris was a deeply disturbing experience for believer and non-believer alike. The collapse of the spire enshrouded in flames was symbolic of the destruction wrought by the blaze. The very strong reaction to the fire by Parisians, the French nation and believers throughout the world points to the deep spiritual bonds that our churches represent.
These deep bonds of connection in faith are rarely more evident than on Holy Week during which we celebrate the Lord’s gift of the Eucharist, His saving passion and death, and conclude with the joy of Easter Sunday.
The sacred space of Notre Dame, Paris embodied these mysteries across the centuries. It has served as a place of stability, light and hope through troubled times.
As we celebrate this Holy Week and Easter-time may we draw deeply from that same well of light and hope that is ours through Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
May you, your family and friends know and enjoy the rich blessing of Easter Joy