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A little help here, if you don’t mind, St. Philip…

I got off the bus yesterday in the brilliant sunshine, and a feeling of gloom and hopelessness settled over me like a dark fog. Fr. Benedict said in an interview recently that people have been very depressed, and I can understand now why.

The town looks like one gigantic construction zone, with piles of masonry everywhere, scaffolding, cranes and people in hard hats and steel-toed boots… in which the world’s biggest circus has come to camp for the winter. Norcia has become a strangely silent and depressing place. The centro is open, (and the blessed pizza place is running.. thanks be to God!). A few shops, a couple of restaurants are running, but at night it’s a ghost town, with most of the piazza blocked off and full of carefully preserved, numbered and labelled masonry from the basilica laid out, piles of rubble and equipment taking up the rest.

I was awake half the night, my mind racing around and around over the same territory. There are at least 3000 displaced people in Norcia, nearly all of whom want to come back, and 70% of the residential structures badly damaged, “inagibile,” or outright collapsed. Many, many people with a good deal more ‘natural right’ to be here than I can’t come home.

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4 thoughts on “A little help here, if you don’t mind, St. Philip…”

  1. Hilary White says:

    There aren’t any places in Norcia. People are living in campers.

  2. Janet Wilkie says:

    Hilary, wherever God wants you is where you should be. Wherever He wants the other three thousand people, they will be. Each will be in the place that is best for their souls, and the souls of others. I think you should continue to try to find a place in Norcia, and leave the outcome up to the will of God. The distress is from the Other Side.

    As someone said, when you feel like a tennis shoe in a dryer, it isn’t from God.

  3. louiseyvette says:

    Praying for the salvation and the needs of all the residents and wanna-be residents of Norcia.

  4. Ademar says:


    Our Lady of Fatima help you, Miss White! It’s Her special year!!!! 🙂 She will not disappoint!

    I also commend you to my beloved St. Pierre Chanel, Apostle to Futuna and first martyr of Oceania. After all the effort he made to get to that little South Pacific island, he spent three laborious years there with little to show for it. Only after his martyrdom did the island go totally Catholic — and still mostly is 150 years later!! 🙂

    Our Lady of Fatima ora pro nobis!
    St. Pierre Chanel, ora pro nobis!!

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