We find ourselves this week coming to very holy days for some of the world’s major religions. The fire in Notre Dame Cathedral is made even more devastating because of the time of year it happened. I am very sorry to see the destruction and wish to thank all those who set aside their own safety to fight the flames and pull many major artworks and items of high historical significance out of the burning historical site.

I also want to say I admire the French president and the French business establishment. They have vowed to rebuild Notre Dame Cathedral in the next five years and are already giving pledges raising over $700 million for the needed work and restoration. This is a real dedication to a revered World Heritage site for both religion and history of France.

No matter how much we differ with one another, when a tragedy strikes, it reminds us that we are all of one beginning and part of the same thread of life. Disasters remind us that we cannot stand alone. To survive, we must stand as one, for holding together we can defeat almost anything.

I know that for many of us, we are within a holy week. I wish to keep this short today. I just want to remind everyone we should cherish those around us. For apart, you are on your own. Yet as you stand united together, there is little which can sway you from your goals.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.