As we, the Parish of St. Michael, strive to live by our mission of meeting Christ through prayer and being Christ for the world, it is our Catholic responsibility to pray for the world we live in, asking God in these most troubling times to transform it and heal it into the kingdom He created it to be. As we pray for this, our hearts go out to communities all over the United States and throughout the world who are suffering and trying to recover in the wake of natural disaster and violence. Here are just a few of the communities to remember in our prayers this week:
Sutherland Springs, Texas & Rancho Tehama, California
Nea Peramos & Manda, Greece
It is often difficult for us as humans to understand God's plan for us and our world. In our hours of greatest need and when we feel so abandoned, God is closer to us than ever, holding us in his arms and carrying us through tragedy and despair. May we be able to draw consolation and peace, courage and hope from Christ, who suffered such inhumane cruelty for the sake of the entire world. We pray for the communities, victims and families who have gone through these acts of natural destruction and senseless violence.
We have the hope and assurance that "all things work together for good for those who love God." - Romans 8:28
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