We saw, as God did, a community worth restoring
Article published in Clarion Herald on Monday, August 31, 2015
At Mount Carmel Academy’s Aug. 28 Mass marking the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, homilist Father Patrick Williams, the high school’s former chaplain, said the answer to the frequently asked question “Why would you rebuild New Orleans?” is simple.
“We came back, we rebuilt, because we saw something,” said Father Williams, concelebrant of the Mass with Mount Carmel’s current chaplain, Dominican Father Michael O’Rourke.
“In the midst of all of the devastation we saw something good – we saw something that was worth saving; we saw something that was worth redeeming, and in seeing that goodness, we were sustained in our efforts,” Father Williams said. When we identify something worthy of rebuilding, we actually are seeing ourselves in the very same light in which God sees us, the priest noted. READ MORE