The first oak selected for the new spire of Notre-Dame de Paris

Back in the day, far sighted people planted groves of trees for use decades in the future. Even the US Navy still does this, for the sake of USS Constitution. I remember in The Cardinal, the little parish Steve was sent to had a grove of trees that came in handy in hard times.

A friend sent a story today that the first oak tree of 1000 was selected for the rebuilding of the spire and roof of Notre-Dame de Paris. HERE

Some trees will be from state land and others from private land.

The trees will be cut up and stored for 12 to 18 months to prepare them for use in the reconstruction phase which is set to begin in autumn 2022, allowing for a planned reopening of the cathedral in April 2024.

Talk about the best fate a tree could have.

Think about the acorn falling where it did, the tree growing through all that time, to wind up as part of Notre-Dame.   Our lives are a little like that, in that we can’t see at the moment where we will wind up.  But God in His providence knows.  If we are trying to do His will, we are where we are supposed to be.  We are the team He selected for these troubling times.

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  1. Sportsfan says:

    65 feet seems kind of short.

  2. catholiccomelately says:

    Sportsfan. … C’mon, man!

  3. hilltop says:

    65 feet is 6 1/2 stories tall. The limbs and trunk will be fractions of that height. Those smaller sections are then sawn and shaped and joined into larger trusses that span the nave and crossing and rise above to form the spire.
    It’s much like St Paul’s theology of the Mystical Body of Christ with every member having its unique and necessary role.
    And all from God’s creation!
    Beautiful to behold with eye and with mind!

  4. teomatteo says:

    I have had the same thought regarding the marble that becomes an altar. Deep within the earth, heat and millions of years and then into a mountain to be cut out and then support the sacrifice.

  5. AlanLins says:

    There is a picture of a single truss at the link. There will be many more built from the 1000 trees slated to be harvested.

  6. Semper Gumby says:

    Interesting, thanks also to AlanLins for more on medieval woodworking.

    Perhaps in the midst of this reconstruction someone could kindly keep an eye on what the masons are up to with their free time? If they down tools of an evening, stuff their pockets with packs of Gauloises and copies of Proust then amble off to a cafe, that’s Ok. If the masons down tools, look around furtively, slip rings on their hands and disappear quietly underground into the catacombs, perhaps the Archbishop of Paris should be notified.

  7. AlanLins says:

    The video at the link is quite informative.

  8. JustaSinner says:

    Oh no…they’re cutting down trees, hurting, I mean damaging Gaia, for a building…
    Read that on instascram; still laughing am I!!!

  9. aam says:

    Tree huggers to protest in 5 … 4 … 3 … 2 …

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