“Lighter Than Air”

by Jess

There is a very cool prayer at On Earth As it Is, by Nikkis Magennis, that you should probably read. The prayer is an imagined one from a real person, Padre Adelir Antonio de Carli, a Brazilian priest who, on April 20, 2008, took off in a chair attached to a thousand helium balloons in an attempt to raise money for a spiritual rest retreat for the truck drivers of Paranagua. The lower half of Padre de Carli’s body was found by an offshore oiling rig two months later.