Pat Shingleton: "Just One Window..."
At the Noon Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Church, ten years ago, Father Vic Messina incorporated into his homily a marvelous story that unfolded during the landfall of Hurricane Katrina on August 29. The Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is located in Biloxi, MS and with the foresight of the Church and its builders, was strategically erected 26 feet above sea-level at the highest point possible in the city. During the hurricane, Father Tony Arguelles remained inside the Cathedral and provided testimony to Father Vic that the marvelous stained glass windows were rattling, shaking and bending in 145 m.p.h. winds. Suddenly, the wind-field blew out one stained glass window depicting St. Theresa of Lizoux known also as St. Theresa of the Child Jesus. Father Tony reported a distinct change inside the Cathedral. At that moment, the pressure inside the Cathedral immediately diminished and the windows stopped rumbling and were saved. St.Theresa died on September 30, 1897 at the age of 24 and during her ministry vowed to spend her life in doing good on Earth. Father Vic mentioned that maybe her window saved the others during the storm.