I watched with measures of horror and sympathy the TV coverage of the aftermath from the tornadoes in Oklahoma. I am sure all of you will offer prayers for the people there and perhaps also find other concrete ways to help them.
What I found interesting from the coverage, however, were a couple of snippets from CNN.
For example, a CNN reporter asks a fellow who has lost everything what he is going to do now. Without missing a beat, the man said “Pray.”
In another example, the same CNN reporter says to the governor “the country’s pulling for you”. The governor responded, “Thanks for the prayers.”
Apparently the separation of church and… all of public life has not taken place in Oklahoma.
Out here in fly-over country the first reaction of those suffering from the storm damage has not been to ask “When is the government going to help us?”
We Catholics in some areas of the country, perhaps in areas more heavily Catholic than Oklahoma, should take some notes.