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Jasper, Indiana's Geode Grotto

A statue of Mary graces the Geode Grotto in Jasper, Ind., May 30, 2020. The grotto was constructed out of crystal-filled rocks called geodes by a priest coming to terms with the anger and grief he experienced from his childhood survival of an earthquake in his native Italy that claimed the lives of his parents.  KATIE RUTTER | CNS
The sun rises over a shrine depicting St. Joseph and the child Jesus at the Geode Grotto in Jasper, Ind., May 30, 2020. The sacred space was built as a place of peace and consolation and has continued in that role during the coronavirus pandemic as one of the few places Catholics can safely gather for prayer. KATIE RUTTER | CNS
A geode -- a crystal-filled rock found in southern Indiana -- is seen on a flowerpot at the Geode Grotto in Jasper May 30, 2020. Caretakers of the shrine see the stones as symbols of peace after anger and grief, since the shrine was constructed by a priest coming to terms with his childhood survival of an earthquake in his native Italy that claimed the lives of his parents.  KATIE RUTTER | CNS
Nathan Bradford of Jasper, Ind., replaces a window on the top of the town's Geode Grotto May 30, 2020. The shrine was constructed in the 1950s by a priest coming to terms with anger and grief.  KATIE RUTTER | CNS
A masked Andrea Bradford of Jasper, Ind., tends flowerbeds at the town's Geode Grotto May 30, 2020, amid the coronavirus pandemic. Bradford says the outdoor shrine has provided her with a place to pray and share her faith while churches were closed to stem the spread of COVID-19.   KATIE RUTTER | CNS
The Geode Grotto in Jasper, Ind., is seen May 30, 2020. The outdoor shrine was built as a place of peace and consolation and has continued in that role during the coronavirus pandemic as one of the few places Catholics can safely gather for prayer. KATIE RUTTER | CNS
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