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Tue Apr 16, 2019, 03:41 PM

Out of Notre Dame's ashes comes some hope.

Yes, it was a disaster of monumental significance. But now that the smoke is clearing, we're seeing signs of hope. The building itself survived. Miraculously, the rose windows survived. Much of the artwork was saved. And France's wealthy families have pledged about $700 million to restore the cathedral (https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/16/business/francois-henri-pinault-bernard-arnault-notre-dame-donation/index.html).

Whenever there's a disaster like this, we see people coming together to help. I'm just amazed that they've been able to raise that much money after less than 24 hours. The commitment of the French people to come together and rebuild that beautiful cathedral warms my heart.

Fred Rogers often told this story about when he was a boy and would see scary things on the news: “My mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”

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Reply Out of Notre Dame's ashes comes some hope. (Original post)
Poiuyt Apr 2019 OP
DarthDem Apr 2019 #1
marble falls Apr 2019 #2
smirkymonkey Apr 2019 #3
Cracklin Charlie Apr 2019 #4
Dem2theMax Apr 2019 #5
TexasBushwhacker Apr 2019 #7
Dem2theMax Apr 2019 #8
Poiuyt Apr 2019 #9
appalachiablue Apr 2019 #6

Response to Poiuyt (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 03:46 PM

1. Simply Beautiful Quote by Fred Rogers and His Mother


Thanks for that.

It is indeed incredibly heartwarming to see that wealthy French have already pledged so much money so quickly.

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Response to Poiuyt (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 03:52 PM

2. Words we all need to take to heart -

"‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers — so many caring people in this world.”"

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Response to Poiuyt (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 03:56 PM

3. K&R

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Response to Poiuyt (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 04:19 PM

4. Thanks for including the Mr. Rogers quote...

I think of it often. Always makes me feel just a little better.

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Response to Poiuyt (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 04:54 PM

5. This made me cry.

Out of the horror, good people have opened their hearts, and wallets, to help a country, and her people, to heal. I don't know if the cathedral will be rebuilt in my lifetime, but at least I know it will be there for future generations.

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Response to Dem2theMax (Reply #5)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:38 PM

7. I heard on NPR that they are shooting for 5 years n/t

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #7)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 06:40 PM

8. If they can do it in five years, that would be amazing.

And I'd be able to see Notre Dame in person one more time.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #7)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 07:56 PM

9. I've heard from some other articles that it may take 10-20 years

Money doesn't seem to be a problem, and France has a lot of craftsmen. They may need to train more as time goes on. One problem may be finding enough oak of sufficient quality to rebuild to roof.

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Response to Poiuyt (Original post)

Tue Apr 16, 2019, 05:12 PM

6. Yes, seeing the best of humananity in response to this tragedy

does provide renewed hope. Thanks for posting!

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