The Papal Blessing
This story is fairly amazing. As many of you know we lost all of our medals in the flood after hurricane Katrina. I could not throw them away so I started sending a flood medal out with every new order. A lady named Mary Sperry ordered some medals and I sent her a flood medal of Saint Anthony with Saint Francis on the other side. A week or so later I received a call from Mary Sperry saying she loved her medals and she was sending me something in the mail, which she did. It was a letter that came in this envelope
Mary's letter says that she took the flood medal to Rome and that it was blessed by Pope Benedict XVI on December 13, 2006 (which is interestingly, my birthday!) and she was sending it back with this explanation:
"I wanted to return it to you now that it has been blessed. Hopefully, the blessing will rest in New Orleans and on you." - Mary Sperry.
A photo of the medal is below. I am so moved by Mary's kind words and her thoughtful gesture. What a kind, generous soul. Thank you, Mary. I think this Blessed flood medal may indeed give all of a sense of community. It is certainly comforting to know that you have not forgotten our fair city. Thank you so much!