Food for the Soul: Tears for Notre Dame

Notre Dâme de Paris, east side. Photo credit: Atoma; Wikimedia Commons

No man is an island,

Entire of itself.

Each is a piece of the continent,

A part of the main.

If a clod be washed away by the sea,

Europe is the less.

As well as if a promontory were.

As well as if a manor of thine own

Or of thine friend’s were.

Each man’s death diminishes me,

For I am involved in mankind.

Therefore, send not to know

For whom the bell tolls,

It tolls for thee.

“For Whom the Bell Tolls” – John Donne – 1624

Even if Notre Dame is not a person, it is still a place that gave joy to millions of people for centuries. We all lose when part of human culture disappears. I’m in tears today…


~ Nina Heyn