April 15, 2021, will mark two years since flames engulfed the Notre Dame Cathedral fire in Paris, France. The fire in Notre Dame did more than nearly destroy an 800-year-old landmark. Symbolically, it was a manifestation of the abandonment of Western history and culture, the collapse of religious morality, and the renouncement of objective truth that has been proceeding apace in the West for decades — a devaluing of purposeful beauty that transcends class, culture, and religion.
The wounds suffered that day, amidst the smoke, the flames, and the ruins, are felt far beyond the mourners who wept at the sight. The omnipresent structure’s very architecture meant to raise the eyes upwards toward Heaven. Now, it was engulfed in smoke and flames rising into the sky; a final burnt offering to a culture that betrayed it.
On Jan. 6, America saw smoke of a different sort rising from the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. as thousands of Americans coalesced