Like so many people around the world, I was shocked by the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.

Fifteen years ago to the day, I was in that holy place. And one of the most poignant things I have found as I search the available news was a headline that read: the angels are weeping…

This is just a simple collection of images from three visits to the cathedral. With them, I am sending my love to the people of France and all around the world who have been touched by this place and who now pray for restoration.

An April day at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France in 2004.
A quiet prayer chapel within Notre Dame Cathedral. The candles have been left by pilgrims and congregants who came to say prayers in the church that took 800 years to build.
The Notre Dame Pieta, by Nicolas Coustou. Coustou’s piece is based on the Pieta of Michelangelo, which is housed at the Vatican. On the news I saw a video that made it look like this piece of art may have survived the fire.
One of the three Rose Window’s at Notre Dame Cathedral.
A sculpture in Notred Dame Cathedral. No idea whether or not this one survived the fire.
A view of the high cathedral ceilings from behind the Pieta of Notre Dame.
One of the famed gargoyles of Notre Dame looking out over Paris.
In 2004 when I visited Paris, I was still enamored with the Disney version of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. A visit to the bell towers was mandatory for my soul.
The video of the fire on 15 April 2019 that haunts me most, is the image of this spire collapsing. It is heartbreaking.
Interior of Notre Dame in monochrome.
A spring day under the flower trees with Notre Dame Cathedral in the background.
This is one of my favorite images of the Notre Dame Cathedral. I took this photo on 17 April 2019 — fifteen years ago tomorrow.
A view of Notre Dame Cathedral from the river.
One final image of Notre Dame lighting up the darkness. May she be restored to continue this work.