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Prayer & Action for Peace in Philippines, Indonesia, and India

As we continue to pray and act for peace around the globe this week, in solidarity especially with those people suffering from the destruction of natural disasters in the Philippines, Indonesia, and India.  Please consider forwarding this prayer & action request to your networks.


Stories and Icons For Our Prayers:

  1. The full page prayer “Praying for Peace After Natural Disasters” (pp. 70-71) is below.
  2. The NY Times has covered the growing destruction and devastation in the Philippines.  The deaths of over 160 people in a landslide after Typhoon Parma, just a week after Typhoon Ketsana killed over 300 people. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/10/world/asia/10phils.html?ref=world
  3. Our prayers should also be with those who are dealing with disease and problems brought on by flood and stagnant waters after the Typhoons that devastated the area. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/08/world/asia/08phils.html?fta=y
  4. Let us also remember those who were displaced and ravaged in Indonesia in the previous few weeks by the earthquake, especially the 600 already found dead and the thousands still missing. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/07/world/asia/07indo.html?ref=asia
  5. Finally, our prayers should be with those in India as they recover from the monsoons that flooded their country this past week and the more than 240 lives lost. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/06/world/asia/06india.html?ref=asia


Prayer for Peace in the Philippines & for all people & nations

Lord of earth and sea, wind and waves, whose spirit swept over the dark waters of chaos from which your word created a world of plenty.  Restore in us your vision of a world made whole that we may work with those ravaged by the typhoons and landslides to build and to plant, to reap and to sow.

As our memories fade and images of devastation recede, connect us with all who daily bear the scars of destruction lest we forget our brothers and sisters.  Hear our prayer as we remember the homeless and hungry, the depressed and despairing, the lonely and bereaved and engender in us a spirit of solidarity that we may walk with those who watch and weep and dream with those who hope and pray. 

Uphold before them a love stronger than death, which no flood can drown, nor quake destroy, that we may be bearers of your resurrection spirit and a voice of promise for the future.  We ask this in the name of your son, Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.  Amen


Action Suggestions

  1. Consider supporting the relief efforts of Catholic Relief Services, CA FOD, or the UN World Disaster Reduction Campaigns
  2. Consider giving to Week of Compassion, which helps those who are affected by natural disasters locally and around the globe.  For more information visit http://www.weekofcompassion.org/

(Prayer and Action Suggestions are from Praying For Peace Around the Globe.)


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