As flood waters rose throughout Vermont during the July 10 torrential rains, at least one Catholic parish opened its facilities for people who needed a place to wait out the flooding and make post-flood plans.
Torrential rains brought up to 9 inches of rain to the Green Mountain State July 10, leaving Vermont highways closed, roads eroded and homes and businesses flooded. President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency in Vermont July 11.
Gardening helps Vermont's Fr. Benny Chittilappilly, a Vocationist priest from southern India, better understand his parishioners who farm and garden and sometimes struggle with the weather. Gardening also helps him better understand the parables of Jesus, who often used examples from nature to make a point.