Monday morning I was watching the news and in a matter of minutes heard news reports about an earthquake, forest fires, sink holes, tornadoes and a hurricane! It was astounding to me how matter-of-fact these events seemed to me. As a child, I would have thought the world was coming to an end had I heard of all of these events in one day! With the world in a turmoil – Iraq, ISIS, Syria, Russia, Ukraine, Israel, Gaza,….and our own country’s troubles; it seems only natural that our Lord, through his creation of nature, would be warning us to take heed. A news program like Monday makes me pray and beg for God’s help in what seems to be a confused and crazy world.
Living in Cajun country, I have seen my share of storms and hurricanes. My worse was hurricane Andrew in 1992. In the 2005 we had hurricanes Katrina and Rita. New Orleans took the brunt of Katrina. I work for a company based out of New Orleans. Our New Orleans employees were displaced and some became homeless as a result of this devastating hurricane. Rita hit closer to home and lower Iberia Parish had hundreds of homes flooded as the storm surge wreaked havoc on the coast. The normally calm bayous and shady oak trees became torrents of flood waters and falling masses of destruction. I was home for hurricane Andrew. It is a very scary feeling to know that you are at the mercy of mother nature.
What can we do to combat these forces of nature? Well, our community and family decided after 2005 that it was time to pray. At all of our masses at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, we begin during hurricane season with a hurricane prayer. At all of our family rosaries on Tuesday nights, we end our rosary with a prayer for hurricane season during the months of June through November. Since 2005, we have not had a major hurricane hit our area. I am not saying it is solely because of these prayers – but I am saying that it might be!
I cannot change the world. I cannot make evil go away. Sometimes things seem so out of control that I feel it is impossible to find a solution. It is at these times that I have to trust in God and know that He told us prayer is powerful. If we have the tiniest bit of faith we can move mountains. During these times of evil and meaningless deaths, I am asking you to join me in praying fervently for God’s intervention. Together we can weather the storms. With God’s help we can overcome them.
PRAYER FOR HURRICANE SEASON
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 the passing of time. O Virgin, Star of the Sea, our Beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your Son in 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 where a storm-less eternity awaits us. Amen.