Yesterday marked the start of hurricane season for those of us who live on the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts of North America. New Orleans and south Louisiana have not recovered from Katrina and Rita in 2005. Would you join with us in praying that all of us might be spared any devastating storm this year. The following prayer was written by a Louisiana bishop over thirty years ago. It is being published in bulletins and diocesan newspapers across Louisiana. Please keep all of us in your prayers.
***[LEFT]PRAYER FOR SAFETY IN HURRICANE SEASON[/LEFT]
*[LEFT]O God, Master of this passing world,
hear the humble voices of your children.
The Sea of Galilee obeyed Your order
and returned to its former quietude.
You are still the Master of land and sea.
We live in the shadow of a danger
over which we have no control:
the Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant,
can awake from its seeming lethargy,
overstep its conventional boundaries,
invade our land, and spread chaos and disaster.
During this hurricane season we turn to You,
O loving Father.
Spare us from past tragedies
whose memories are still so vivid
and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal
with passing of time.
O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our beloved Mother,
we ask you to plead with your Son on our behalf,
so that spared from the calamities common to this area
and animated with a true spirit of gratitude,
we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son
to reach the heavenly Jerusalem[/LEFT]
where a stormless eternity awaits us. Amen
I will certainly offer prayers. I love that part of the country, but I am pleased that my daughter is moving to Tennessee, her oldest son is working on masters at U of Alabama and youngest goes to New York. There are other natural disasters that can happen, many of which don’t give the warning that hurricanes do, but most of them are not as devastating to such a big area. We lived In Naples through Andrew and it was not fun. God keep you all safe.
My great uncle Norm and his wife live down there in New Orleans. Before they evacuated, they prayed, poured holy water around their house, and rigged a contraption in the garage consisting of ladders and wooden planks on which they placed food and water for their cats, as well as leaving openings high up for the cats to come and go without being trapped. After Katrina, they finally drove back home to find their cats alive and that the floodwaters had pretty much spared their property even though they were surrounded by devastation.
I join you in prayer for the safety of all who live in hurricane-prone areas.
I pray every season, I have relatives in Florida and Louisiana, and my daughter’s birthmother and family are in Mississippi. In fact, we adopted her and got her out of Gulf Port just a few weeks before Katrina flattened the whole town.
May God grant safety to the Gulf Coast this year, and be with those still recovering. Amen. :crossrc:
What a beautiful prayer. Considering that we are only 2 days into the season and have had 2 named storms already, I am going to save this prayer and repeat it frequently.
I am near Hollywood Florida (between Miami and Ft Lauderdale), and many families are still recovering from Hurricane Wilma (which blew through here just about 6 or 7 weeks after Katrina). While we are praying for the amount of rain that a hurricane brings since we are in a very severe drought, we certainly hope and pray that the destructive force of such storms stays away.
One thing I can say I have noticed, though, is since Katrina and Wilma caused so much destruction here 2 summers ago people are taking the season seriously. Yesterday our state began its 2 week hurricane preparedness tax holiday. My roommate and I went out and stocked up on the hardware and other non-food items that we need after a storm, and we saw many many people out doing the same. I am thankful that so many people are now taking the warnings to be prepared seriously. I need to have my generator inspected and serviced and buy some new storm panels to replace some that I threw out this spring, but otherwise we are ready for the season.
For those who live in hurricane-prone areas, please start preparing now. Make sure you wash and save your 2- and 3-liter soda bottles and juice containers for drinking water (or buy a couple of 5-gallon drinking water containers from the hardware store). If you have gas powered generators, have them serviced (oil change, lube, cleaned, etc) and inspected to make sure they are working properly.
I’ve enclosed my list of hurricane supplies; feel free to add anything you think may be missing. I keep all of these items (except the food and pet supplies) in one giant tub with a lid (a large trashcan with a lid will work, too) and keep it in the front of the garage where I can easily reach it).
Not on my list, but a definite necessity, is a battery-powered TV or weatherband radio. I have 2, so I did not include them on the supply list.
I just realized this is in the prayer intentions forum, so please do not respond to my list here. I am reposting in the Back Fence. If anyone wishes to add anything to the list, please do so there.
Betsy (1964) and Camille (1969) are but dim memories. Camille did increcdible damage to the Mississippi Gulf Coast when I was 18. Katrina finished it off in 2005. The Mississippi Gulf Coast will never, ever, look like it did when I was a kid before Camille. What was left got killed by Katrina.
For many years, we the people of New Orleans and south Louisiana evoked the protection of Our Lady of Prompt Succor - she who gave us victory over the British in January of 1815. A tradition which was abandoned in the late 1980s. The Our Lady of Bishop Schexnailder’s prayer is to Our Lady Star of the Sea which goes back to medieval times. All of us are remarking how eerie his prayer was given that it was written 30 years ago when he was bishop of Lafayette.
I am no longer living in the city of my birth and am now 55’ above sea level. But we pray before every hurricane. And we annoint the lintel above every door and window of our house with holy water asking for protection. And we have our votive candles of St.Michael, St. Joseph, and OLPH and those candles provide a constant sense that our prayers are going up to heaven in addition to providing light in darkness.
Physically, we learned our lesson 15 years ago when we moved here and Andrew left us without power for 15 days. I bought a generator. We alll slept in one room with air conditioning. Amazingly, the cable never went out. I watched and cried during the tradgegy of seeing the city of my birth become the new Altantis. Here, just outside of Baton Rouge, we were without power for 14 days after Katrina and then, just after, we went anothe 11 days after Rita.
I ask your prayers for the folks in SW Louisiana. They are Catholic too and they were hit every bit as hard as the folks in NO in Katrina. They are forgotten because of Katrina but the destruction was every bit as real for them too. Dear God! Please stay your hand against us!