Thursday, November 21, 2013

What Catholics do during tornados

Viewers around the world have been captivated and inspired by both the sight and the sound of a 54-second video shot through a basement window by Anthony Khoury, 21, as a massive tornado devastated his Trail’s Edge neighborhood here on Nov. 17.

As the powerful EF-4 twister is clearly seen making its way near their home at 713 Patricia St., Khoury is heard praying the Our Father, a Hail Mary, and a Glory Be. His parents, Sarkis and Antoinette, are also heard praying in the background.

The Khoury home was not damaged. After the tornado passed, Anthony and his father drove around the neighborhood and got their first glimpse of the devastation in their community, where hundreds of homes were destroyed.

Later in the day, Anthony’s mother asked her son to send his video to an aunt in Chicago who was concerned about their safety. Ten minutes later, the aunt called back to say she had forwarded it to CNN.

“Then everyone just started getting ahold of it,” said Anthony, who by the following day had been interviewed a dozen times by networks from the BBC to the Weather Channel. The video was shown Monday morning on The Today Show on NBC. In introducing it, Al Roker said he would be quiet so viewers could hear the prayers being recited.

One headline called it the “Lord’s Prayer” tornado video.
continue at The Catholic Post

HT Madison Diocese

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