Amidst the rubble left by the fire that consumed St. Theresa Point Catholic Church on Easter Sunday laid a picture of St. Kateri Tekakwitha almost completely intact.

Her image on canvas somehow survived the blaze that melted the metal frame, charred the edges of the nature scene she’s depicted in and left ashes on everything else in its surroundings. The colours, still vibrant, and her peaceful image still so moving is bringing encouragement to the Indigenous community in northern Manitoba still reeling at the loss of their beloved church.

“I think that picture gives us some hope for a new church,” said Philip Wood, a member of the community. “If you look at the building itself, nothing survived, and this painting made of canvas did. It’s hard to explain. People are saying that it’s a sign that we’re being protected.”

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