Cow Island—I’m loving that name!—a town some thirty miles south of Lafayette, Louisiana, got doused with holy water for Christmas. Yes, the entire town. A hundred gallons of holy water, blessed by Father Matthew Barzare of Saint Anne’s Church, were dropped from a cropduster over the community. The whole thing was spearheaded by missionary L’Eryn Detraz—I also love this name!—who is a Cow Island native.
If you are a follower of our sister site werewolves.com—of course you are; silly me—you may recall me writing about the dousing of Buenaventura, Columbia to exorcise it of its demons. And you may recall that I kinda poked fun at it. What’s the difference, then? How is the one different from the other? I think it’s the degree to which those conducting the “blessing” took it seriously. The guy who dumped all the holy water in Columbia, Monsignor Rubén Darío Jaramillo Montoya, seems to have been dead serious about driving out demons. Saint Anne’s Church in Louisiana seems to have viewed their act as not much more than a way to wish their neighbors a merry Christmas.
Either way, any vampires living, or un-living, in either Buenaventura or Cow Island would be in trouble. It would be the equivalent for you and me of somebody dousing the towns wherein we live with acid. Not acid rain, but real acid. Not a nice Christmas present at all.