Watching Notre Dame de Paris burning, my mind flew back through the centuries thinking about how the church has changed over time. Not the building but the faith. I thought of St. Francis standing in the rubble of San Damiano when he heard Christ say to him from the crucifix, “Go repair my church, which as you see is falling completely in ruin.”

Francis did rebuild that little chapel, but realized Christ did not mean for him to rebuild only the physical church stone by stone, but to rebuild the faith and sanctity of the Catholic Church at that time. 

Now the dollars are flowing in by the millions to rebuild Notre Dame. But perhaps we are being given a sign — is it time to rebuild the one, holy, Catholic and apostolic church? I think all would agree that the church is in great need of spiritual renewal, sanctification and purification. The foundation of the renewal is to rebuild the true faith within each one of us.

Ginny Potter

McMinnville