I may be a knave… but I am no fool. Even an atheist like myself can see where the hand of divinity has strayed. It is nothing short of a miracle that Notre Dame will stand strong again someday, framed against the Paris skyline.
A miracle that was assured upon the laying of the very first stone, because it was laid with the utmost care and dedication to the immense task that was then, just unfolding. Just as the building itself was envisioned as a celebration of the Creation, it was asked for and granted, blessing by the Creator, and built by the hands of man for use in Rememberance and celebration OF the Creator, by us ALL.
It is no accident these stone masonry structures stand, and will continue to stand. It’s because of the inter-woven, inter-twined faith and dogma within their ancient craft. Once a stone is hewn to perfection, and placed with TRUE intention and dedication, it will know nothing other than to STAND UPRIGHT, throughout ALL TIME.
As I began preparing my home for renovation, I investigated all the sources I could find to learn the craft of stone masonry. Working with granite stones weighing hundreds of pounds, I wanted to make sure I learned everything I could before I placed ANY stones. It was inevitable that I would be reading the Esoteric works of Freemasonry, and once I did, I understood WHY stone masonry of all things… not iron worker or farmer. Not carpenter. Not Statesman.
Granite is an AMAZING substance! Second hardest naturally occurring stone on Earth and found everywhere, in the mountains miles above our heads, to the ancient mountain ranges hiding miles below our feet. Some of it is so old, it’s STILL slightly radioactive, containing minute amounts of uranium deposited here on Earth over 2 billion years ago.
For thousands of years, Mankind has revered the inherent strength of granite. Through rain, through wind, through fire, through flood, the stones placed by our ancestors have stood, even as our children rebuild. The days are STILL counted as the shadow passes through the stones. And whitin the holes among granite mountains we find paintings, reminding us that ONE DAY, within these homes, our ancestors once stood.
ONE STONE, hewn to perfection, under the watchful eye of a master mason, can stand strong and resist the strongest urges to fall. MANY STONES, crafted with dedication, and placed In Union with TRUE intention, creates an edifice of such strength and enduring beauty, only a MOUNTAIN RANGE could challenge its longevity.
As it is within THIS story, the United States is ALLIED with the People of Paris, and the Nation of France, and the citizens of the European Union. Because it is, as it ever was, and shall ALWAYS be…
We stand, united.