It's no coincidence that Ave Explores: Art and Architecture began on the first anniversary of the devastating fire at the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris. Beauty plays an important role in the Catholic faith: Paintings, mosaics, statues, stained glass windows, and the buildings where we worship play an important role in what we believe and how we live our faith. The art and architecture of the Church articulate beauty as a way to understand God and grow in relationship with him.
Fr. James Phalan, C.S.C., was in France when the Notre-Dame Cathedral burned last year. In this video, he explains what Notre-Dame has meant to him and why its restoration is so critically important.