the stuff that priests are made of …

[photo source] 4 June 1962. Navy chaplain Luis Padillo was giving last rites to dying soldiers as sniper fire surrounded him. A wounded soldier pulled himself up by clinging to the priest’s cassock, as bullets chewed up the concrete around them. Hector Rondón Lovera, who had to lie flat to avoid getting shot, later said that he was unsure how he managed to take this picture. [See all pictures he took that day]. Norman Rockwell eeriely used this photograph as a template for his Southern Justice painting, “Murder in Mississippi“.

Thanks, Lucian, for the link.

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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17884455503379229264 Patm
  • Anonymous

    What a powerful photo!!!Angela

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03598837498250851797 Patrick Madrid

    Bravo.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07217437411700580543 Peter

    I'd like for hundreds of people to see this. Is there a Facebook link to post this?

  • Melina

    Heartbreaking. God bless our priests and soldiers.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06074136614852860373 Orthodox

    " The Children of God are ours to protect, if we have to fight, we fight!', Kiril Lakota speaking during the conclave in the 'Shoes of the Fisherman'"This must be one of the few depictions which actualy capture the essence of the Priestly state. The image of one so helpless, (us)clinging to the person of the priest(Christ) speaks volumes and delevers a panageric more powerful and more eloquent than the words that fall from the saintly lips of the Holy Father himself.It strikes a cord with me and, quite honestly, Im sure with many others. Thank you for posting this!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14329907942477160166 John (Ad Orientem)

    WOW!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15087524650011199119 Carla

    Hi,Thank you for posting this picture. Just want to make a correction his last name was Padilla, he was my hubby's uncle and father figure. I met him briefly before he died and he was a noble and wonderful man.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06577556278659360276 Kike

    Really cool.