What should make us tremble is that to truly rebuild Notre Dame will require becoming the kind of people who built her in the first place.
“Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris was built out of stone and wood and glass without electricity or computers. It was not built by committee, or consultants or according to state regulations. It was built by a culture superior to our own. And we know it..
“As the spire cracked and buckled, millions of us felt civilization trembling…
“We tremble because we know that the world has been drawing down a Christian inheritance for centuries, drawing down the cultural wealth of the Faith into rampant prodigal decadence.
“The proximate cause of the fire is not yet known, but the symbolic cause is hundreds of years in the making…”