Early this morning, a tornado ravaged through the Ohio Valley area of Southern Illinois, Southern Indiana, and Southeastern Missouri. Saline and Gallatin counties in Southern Illinois were particularly affected. Perhaps worst of all, Harrisburg, IL–the town right next to our hometown of Eldorado–is mourning the loss of 10 people.
Kh. Nicole’s paternal family is from Ridgway, another town devastated by the tornado. We both used to work in Harrisburg. The extent to which our friends and family have been affected by this tragedy remains to be seen.
Nevertheless, God is with us. In Ridgway, although St. Joseph Catholic Church lay in ruins, the beautiful high altar remains a testament to God’s presence in the midst of destruction.
Your prayers are requested.
Fr. Lucas Rice