|Blessed Henriette de Lille|
Today's illustrations are taken from Saint Louis Cathedral, the archdiocese seat of New Orleans. The subject is Blessed Henriette de Lille, the first African American proposed to be recognized by the Vatican for her sainthood.
New Orleans is a very Roman Catholic city. Boston is too, but it is more Irish-Catholic than indigenous Catholic. You can't swing a broom in New Orleans without coming across evidence of a local saint. It is rather nice.
I did see plenty of statues of this gentlemen this past week:
Andrew Jackson, the hero of the Battle of New Orleans, and our 7th president. He was a good president for his time, but he was no humanitarian. A bitter man and a notorious Indian-hater, a man who could hold a grudge and a man who was anger personified. He honored Our Lady of Prompt Succor for her aid in the Battle of New Orleans, and he is honored in the Crescent City. He doesn't really have a place here though beyond his equestrian statue in Jackson Square. New Orleans is about acceptance and getting along. Jackson was a soldier if there ever was one. That is who you want fighting to defend you, but it isn't who you want for a neighbor.
Henriette de Lille, pray for us that we may be a holy family.