Falling tree splits, misses saint in Raynham yard
RAYNHAM, Mass. (AP) — A Raynham man says divine intervention spared the small statue of St. Anthony in his yard when a recent storm caused a rotted tree to come crashing down.
Bill Morgan says he returned home after a long trip to upstate New York and found that the rotted tree had split in two as it fell, with one half landing on one side of the statue, the other half on the opposite side.
The foot-high statue, set into a small wooden shrine and elevated on a post, was untouched.
The 73-year-old Morgan tells the Taunton Daily Gazette (http://bit.ly/10SaOzc ) it’s a “blessing” the statue was undamaged.
Morgan is a lifetime admirer of St. Anthony, a 13th century Franciscan priest who’s celebrated these days as the patron saint of the lost and missing.
Information from: Taunton (Mass.) Daily Gazette, http://www.tauntongazette.com