Tuesday, September 06, 2005

After Katrina

Check out the new blog (link above) from the editors at Pauline Books & Media. Sr Kathryn has posted a number of great posts on the hurricane.

I was on vacation last week and spent a lot of time watching the news coverage. It was so devastating, to see a city almost wiped out in such a short time. All I could do was pray.
It brought back that strange feeling I had on 9/11, when I watched the towers collapse. There we were in the comfort of our living room, watching the TV as the buildings fell and thousands of people died--and being completely powerless to stop it. Now we watched as thousands of people waited on rooftops to be rescued or were stranded in the cesspool of filth called the Superdome.

But I was also amazed at the resilience of the human spirit. There was the woman from Pass Christian, Ms, who walked back into town a day and a half after the hurricane to get back to her house. She found it sitting on another neighbor's lot, and someone else's house was on her property. But she was determined to rebuild and not let this devastation beat her down.
There was the woman in the wheelchair with a black dress, who looked about 80 but was actually 105! She seemed to be taking it all in stride. After living for more than a century, she certainly knows how to deal with the blows life has dealt her. How great it would be to talk to her and get her reactions to it all.

2 comments:

karen-missouri said...

It's good that you're back, Sister Lorraine...

I think we're all numb from the tragedy of Katrina in the Gulf Coast. And to think that it's been just 8 months since the tsunami in Indonesia...

I'm amazed at the stories of religious statues that survived the monstrous hurricane: several of Our Lady of Grace, St. Michael, a crucifix suspended from wires inside a church that was destroyed, one of the Madonna and Child...

Are we ready to pay attention?

Sr. Lorraine said...

Thanks, Karen. There was a report that one church in Mississippi dedicated to St. Michael survived intact, while buildings all around it crumbled. Makes you wonder!

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