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What I Saw in Louisiana

St. Joseph Abbey, where Walker Percy’s bones reside, is adorned with the striking murals of Gregory de Wit, including this image of the resurrection. The two figures beneath Christ represent Adam and Eve. I like to think of the bones as Percy’s (at a time near the end of the world) and the peacock as the emblem of Flannery O’Connor. The latin superscription reads, Vivemus cum Christo (We will live with Christ), in answer to the baptism image that faces it on the other side of the church entrance and reads, Mortui sumus cum Christo (We are dead with Christ).

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