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Faithful turn to prayer as tornadoes tear through center of US, taking at least 21 lives

A view from a drone shows destroyed buildings following a tornado in Little Rock, Ark., March 31, 2023. Multiple tornadoes carved a deadly path through the center of the U.S., killing at least 18, injuring dozens and devastating thousands of homes and businesses. (OSV News photo/@ZHarris07/@thezaneharris via Reuters)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (OSV News) — Catholic faithful turned to prayer as tornadoes tore through several U.S. states March 31, killing at least 21, injuring dozens and devastating thousands of homes, businesses and schools. Amid the loss of life and property, Catholics in hard-hit Arkansas told OSV News they see a glimpse of God’s mysterious mercies. “Any time a natural disaster hits … it brings us to our knees, and not in a cute theological sense,” Father Stephen Gadberry, pastor of St. Teresa Catholic Church in Little Rock, told OSV News. “It levels the playing field and shows we’re not the big and strong individuals we think we are. We really do need community. Literally, overnight, enemies are working together in the same yard, getting past their differences. … We’re a pilgrim people, and we have to journey on together.” St. Teresa school principal Kristy Dunn, who lost her home to a tornado as a child, added, “The Lord is so good … and there is so much good in humanity. Praise God I’m able to see it up close and personal now.”

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