WEST, Texas — For some 24 years now, Father Ed Karasek has ministered in the small, primarily Catholic town of West, Texas. An explosion Wednesday night at the local fertilizer plant decimated whole blocks of his town and took the lives of some of his parishioners.
As a priest, he says, “You feel like a father who has lost children. You love these people like a father loves his children. You’re a spiritual father. … And you hurt.”
Father Karasek is among those spearheading the Church’s response to the tragedy.