Amazing listener pictures of Notre Dame 24 hours before she burned...

A day before the Notre Dame Cathedral burned in Paris, Cedar Rapids listener Courtney (Ridge) Kissinger was there. These pictures are especially haunting considering what would happen some 24 hours later.

She had something very special to say too.

“Our trip to Paris this past weekend revolved around our visit to Notre Dame Cathedral. Knowing the line is always long to climb the tower, we purchased our tickets first thing on Saturday morning. Climbing the stairs to the top of the tour you could feel the connection to those who had journeyed there before. Taking in the breathtaking views of Paris from the top, the spire stood out against the bright blue sky drawing our gaze even higher. As we watched the video of the burning spire topple less than 48 hours later, there is great sadness in knowing others won’t share our experience of standing in the famous bell towers. Notre Dame Cathedral was, and still remains, the most exquisite jewelry box of Paris holding the ultimate jewel central to our faith - the Most Holy Eucharist. I’m told that the people witnessing the church burning broke out in song to Our Lady - singing Ave Maria on the streets. This news brings me hope that the devastating fire will unite us, Christians and non-Christians alike, who see the cathedral as a sign of what is true, good, and beautiful.”

I am grateful to her for her permission to use these pictures.

Simon Conway

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