Thursday, September 1, 2005

Please Help Victims of Hurricane Katrina

Today is a day when blogs around the world are soliciting donations for relief in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. One organization that is doing good work is Catholic Charities. If you would like to recommend another charity, please do so in the comments. Don't forget to pray for the victims and their families as well.

Here is a prayer I found on the Internet by Renée Miller:

A Prayer for the Victims of Hurricane Katrina

O God, we remember when the disciples of Jesus were terrified after a long night on a turbulent sea. When they cried to you for help, you stilled the sea and brought them to safety. We ask now that you comfort and still the hearts of those suffering from the effects of Hurricane Katrina. We pray for those who have been displaced and who now must return to homes destroyed or damaged by the storm. We pray for those whose lives were lost and for those who now must grieve the loss of a loved one. We pray for those who are attempting to offer help and relief to victims. While we wonder why such devastation can occur, where lives and property can seem held so capriciously in the hand of what is uncontrollable, we know, O God, that you count every hair on our head and that our names are written on the palm of your hand. Let your loving grace wash over those who must now face damaged lives, homes, and possessions. Hold them close to yourself until they are sure of the security of your loving embrace. Calm their hearts and still their souls, O Lord. We ask this for the sake of your love. AMEN.

One or more additional posts to come later today.