Weekly Prayers, 10.19.09

As Catholics, we recognize that prayer is of the utmost importance, an invaluable contribution to helping the poor overseas. We invite you to join us in bringing to Our Lord the following intentions and thanks.

Storm Recovery: Father, look with love on the people of the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia, who have been devastated by Typhoon Ketsana. Receive those who have died into your arms of mercy. By the power of your Holy Spirit breathe new life into the people that are most vulnerable during this emergency time of recovery. As you provided the ark and the animals for Noah and his family in the flood, please provide our brothers and sisters in the Asia-Pacific region with food and shelter.

May the work of Catholic Relief Services assist the thousands of families who are in immediate need of food aid—rice, canned goods, noodles and vegetable oil—as well as emergency supplies such as blankets, mosquito nets, sleeping mats, soap and more. Lord Jesus, our Good Shepherd, please continue to protect them from any storms that continue to come their way.

Give us generous hearts so that we may provide from our abundance with our prayers and resources that we too may share in their suffering and be with them one day in everlasting life. We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen

—Father Michael J. Denk, St. Barnabas, Northfield, Ohio

India: Our hearts continue to go out to the people of two Indian states, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, where flooding drove millions from their homes. Let us pray that our brothers and sisters receive the help they need to recover quickly.

Indonesia and Pacific Rim: We thank God for sending generous spirits to labor in discomfort and danger for the sake of lives upended by earthquakes and tsunamis.

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