(A piece here from our friend, Dan Lynch, offering prayer and calling for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe on behalf of the people of St. Louis. I lived there for five years on the Illinois side of the river, so I’m praying for my friends and neighbors – CJ)
By Dan Lynch
There are 17 million people nationwide living in areas where there are flood warnings and thousands of homes in Missouri and Illinois threatened by floods. At least 20 deaths were blamed on flooding.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said, “We’ve never seen water this high. At its peak, the Mississippi should be at its highest level ever, beating the highest level of the Great Flood of 1993.”
St. Louis’ Great Flood Prematurely Receded
I spoke at the St. Louis Eucharistic Congress during the height of the Great Flood of 1993. In my talk, I explained how Our Lady of Guadalupe interceded to save Mexico City from a horrible flood in 1634. The flood had already killed 30,000 people. The desperate citizens, imploring Our Lady’s help, carried the Miraculous Image through the knee-high floodwaters from the Basilica to the Cathedral in Mexico City. This was the first and only time such a procession has taken place. The flood miraculously ended.
After my talk, Congress participants asked me to imitate that procession and take the Missionary Image to the flooding Mississippi River. This river was originally named the River of the Immaculate Conception. Our Lady of Guadalupe is a representation of the Immaculate Conception.
I made an announcement of a spontaneous procession with the Missionary Image to the River. About 200 people joined me and we processed from the Cathedral of St. Louis to the great arch of the Gateway to the West and down the flood-swept steps to the riverside.
Hundreds of on-lookers joined us there and I sprinkled holy water into the river and prayed in the pouring rain for an abatement of the flood, the salvation of the dead and the healing of the sufferers. We concluded by singing “America the Beautiful.”
As we processed back, the rain suddenly stopped as we sang the very last note of the ‘Hail Holy Queen’ and the cathedral bells unexpectedly rang out jubilantly at 5:20 p.m.! As we placed the Image into a van, a large flock of swallows suddenly swooped over and circled continuously overhead. There were no other birds seen anywhere else. The next day, the floodwaters began to recede on the day before the predicted high crest. The high crest never came. The Congress organizers credited this to Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Yesterday, I received an email from Sara Connelly Zervos who was in that procession. She reminded me of the grace of the premature receding of the Great Flood. She wrote,
“In 1993, you spoke at the St. Louis Eucharistic Congress with the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe during the height of the Great Flood. Of 1993. The forecast for that weekend was for the flood stage to go to its highest level in history, and by Tuesday it did. Forty-nine point six (49.6) feet above flood stage, which was expected to inundate St. Louis.
“On Sunday, the small group at the Congress, led by the Missionary Image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, processed around the St. Louis Arch, praying for God’s mercy through the Mother of God.
“The next day, the levees broke north of St. Louis and south of St. Louis, but St. Louis was saved. I was privileged by God to be there and witness this miracle. Please notify people of this miracle on your email/website and ask people to pray again for St. Louis and for all of those along the Mississippi River.
So, let us pray through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe for an abatement of this flooding, for the protection of the people and the homes and businesses, the healing of the sufferers and the salvation of the dead. Let us pray our National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Queen and Mother of America
Dan Lynch is the Director of Dan Lynch Apostolates promoting devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe, Jesus King of All Nations, Our Lady of America and St. John Paul II. He is an author, public speaker and a former judge and lawyer in Vermont. He has appeared many times on radio and television and has spoken at conferences throughout the world. You may learn more about Dan here.