The following was distributed to the Franciscan family by Fr. David Convertino, OFM, the executive director of the Holy Name Province office of development.
We often say the prayer: God is our refuge and strength, always present in times of trouble and distress.
As we watch and witness the pain and loss of so many people with the utter devastation and destruction of our cities, towns and harbors by Hurricane Sandy, it may be difficult to really believe in that prayer even as we say it. In any natural tragedy, we can be quick to blame this as an act of God. I believe it is not an act of God, but rather an act of nature. The act of God is what happens afterward, when women and men come together to rescue, save, feed and comfort those who are suffering because of this terrible storm.
As part of the “act of God” taking place all over the East Coast and our entire country, we can join together and pray for the survivors and for those who died in the wake of this hurricane. As Franciscans, we not stand in awe of creation for its beauty, but also know the fear of its power and destruction.
Please join us, the Friars and our Franciscan Family around the country, in prayer for all those who are suffering in so many ways because of this storm.
I offer you some suggested prayers here, also knowing full well that prayers from the heart often feel more fully, the pain of those in need.
Thank you, as always, for your support of the Friars and of our work.
May the Lord bless and ease the pain of our suffering sisters and brothers in this time of great tragedy,
Fr. David Convertino, OFM
Executive Director – Office of Development
Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province
PRAYER AFTER THE STORM
Living God, our refuge and strength, even the wind and sea obey your voice.
Put the wind back in its place, and say to the sea: Peace! Be still!
Fill us with great faith, and save us from the surging waters their destruction
so that we may tell the good news of your saving love.
We ask this through Jesus Christ, our hope and our salvation. Amen.
PRAYER IN A TIME OF DISASTER
Loving and Compassionate God, you are our comfort
and strength in times of sudden disaster, crisis, or chaos.
Surround us now, O Lord, with your grace and peace
through storm or winds, fires or floods.
By your Spirit, lift up those who have fallen,
sustain those who work to rescue or rebuild,
and fill us with the hope of your new creation;
through Christ, our rock and redeemer. Amen.