When Did We Stop Aspiring to Eternity?

The Notre Dame fire reminds us that we once aspired to build something greater than ourselves

The Angel of the Resurrection on the Roof of Notre-Dame, Paris. Photo: Charles Nègre via The J. Paul Getty Museum

“It is like losing a member of one’s own,” said one disconsolate onlooker at the burning of Notre Dame cathedral. It did feel like that — an intimate shock and wound — but it was also worse, in a way, because it was the death of something…