Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Pray for those in the path of the wildfires and for those fighting the wildfires, and for those in the flood areas, too.
I can think of no other photo I have which would serve as a better call to increased prayers at this time than the statue of Jesus behind St. Louis Cathedral in the French Quarter.
About the statue, found on the Internet: While Hurricane Katrina did not affect the French Quarter as profoundly as other parts of New Orleans, the high winds managed to displace two large oak trees in St. Anthony's Garden behind the Cathedral. The trees dislodged thirty feet of ornamental gate, while the nearby marble statue of Jesus Christ lost only a forefinger and a thumb. Locals have already declared that the statue of Jesus sacrificed two fingers while flicking the storm away from the city and saving it from total destruction. (Hurricane Katrina was downgraded from a Category 5 to a Category 3 before landfall, when it made a turn to the north just before striking the Louisiana coast.)
This is a close-up of the one I took on Oct. 21, 2009.