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Concrete statues of Mother Mary can be found on the front lawns of thousands of homes across Louisiana, sometimes sitting beneath an American flag. This sculpture is a silhouette of Mary made from wrought iron fences scavenged from homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.  The flag hanging inside was found buried in mud in Slidell in the days following the hurricane.  These two symbols of religion and nationalism offer security, whether real or perceived, when nature is greater than we can bear.  This “Faith” is the last recourse when all else fails around us.

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