Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Indiana Storm Kills One: Inspiring Spire Downed at Notre Dame

A thunderstorm with winds up to 70 m.p.h. swept through Northern Indiana last night killing one man and damaging many buildings including the Sacred Heart Basilica at the University of Notre Dame.

The fatality occurred when a tree fell on a man's car as he was driving down a Porter County road. Meanwhile at Notre Dame, one of the four spires atop Sacred Heart Church was toppled, and several large campus trees, including some at the Grotto, were ripped apart. "That's a fairly significant amount of damage to one of the university's most important landmarks," said university spokesman Dennis Brown, speaking of the damage to the church, although, fortunately the university was not aware of any storm-related campus injuries.

And so, in a storm that at its height knocked out power for 52,000 Indiana electric customers, Notre Dame came out relatively unscathed. Perhaps then the damage to Sacred Heart, while "significant," could also be looked at as symbolic, for although the university is making strides at becoming the Catholic university Her name would be always proud of (and IT is far from the Sodom and Gomorrah place critics claim) there are still some unorthodox offshoots that need to be eliminated, little spires of false teaching that have fallen away from the one true Church that need to be rebuilt. Only then will Notre Dame be truly pleasing to God, and the Lady on the Dome able to draw all believers to her Son.

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