From Hurricanes and Earthquakes…Rescue us, O God

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Rescue us, O God…Painting by: Ronald Raab, CSC 2017

Litany text: Ronald Raab, CSC

Response: Rescue us, O God

From hurricanes and earthquakes…

From horrific storms and flooding…

From the devastation of land and homes…

From torrential downpours and rising seas…

From the loss of electricity and shelter…

From thrashing wind and uprooted trees…

From the slaughter of animals and wild life…

From the destruction of homes and personal property…

From the obliteration of clothing and memorabilia…

 

For the human survivors of tornadoes and storm surges…

For grieving family members of those buried alive…

For the elderly who wait for a word of hope…

For children who sit in darkness and in hunger…

For the new orphans who scream in shock and disbelief…

For students who wait for the rebuilding of schools…

For the elderly who died in the stifling heat…

For people swirling in grief on completely destroyed islands…

 

In gratitude for heroic rescuers who pulled children from wreckage…

In gratitude for medical teams and kindhearted helpers…

In gratitude for fundraisers and every coin of concern…

In gratitude for a call to silence to hear the children buried alive…

In gratitude for bottled water and every crumb of food…

In gratitude for soldiers and healthcare workers…

In gratitude for new attitudes toward people of every race…

In gratitude for shelters and emergency housing…

In gratitude for makeshift beds and warm blankets…

In gratitude for a new reliance on strangers and family members…

In gratitude for a deeper and more sincere relationship with God…

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “From Hurricanes and Earthquakes…Rescue us, O God

  1. Thank you for articulating the depths that the recent horrors have impacted us and leading us into prayers of compassion—[Lord have mercy–help us never forget how fragile we are and how much we are living in your grace.] A

  2. Fr. Ron,
    This painting and the litany it evokes profoundly speaks to the heart wrenching sadness and helplessness of witnessing from afar the suffering being experienced by the countless victims of this onslaught of natural disasters! Thank you for sharing the image and words so elocuently!

  3. Thank you Fr. Ron for leading us to gratitude and once again reminding us how much we have to be thankful for each moment of each new day.

  4. Fr. Ron, your litanies always bring to me a way to pray for things than are on my mind but are not well-formed…to a place of contemplation…and finally to a place of thanksgiving. Thank you.

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