A hurricane prayer

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Pedestrians come to the aid of a motorist stuck on a flooded-out road along the shoreline area of Milford, Conn., ahead of Hurricane Sandy on Oct. 29, 2012.

God of the Universe, at the dawn of creation, your Spirit breathed on the waters, making them the wellspring of all holiness. You created the oceans and rivers, and all that dwell within them, and at your word the wind and the waves were born. The seasons follow your plan, and the tides rise and fall on your command. In both calm and storm, you are with us.

On the Sea of Galilee, even when the disciples began to fear, Jesus showed that he was Lord over the waters by rebuking the storms, so that all would know that even the wind and the waves obey him. Creator God, we ask you to calm the wind and the waves of the approaching hurricane, and spare those in its path from harm.

Help those who are in its way to reach safety. Open our hearts in generosity to all who need help in the coming days. In all things and in all times, help us to remember that even when things seem dark and stormy, you are in the boat with us, guiding us to safety. Amen.

The Rev. James Martin, S.J., is contributing editor to America Magazine.

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  • Secular1

    Oh! good grief. What a fool. Why dont we hang the poultry by their legs all along the eastern sea board. to appease the storm dogs. Why dont we, while we are at it, also slaughter a bunch of goats. lambs, just as 3 million muslims did in makkah few days ago.

    :On the Sea of Galilee, even when the disciples began to fear, Jesus showed that he was Lord over the waters by rebuking the storms, so that all would know that even the wind and the waves obey him. ” Sure why don’t we just wait for his yet another mythical second coming and pray so he will show up very soon to scold them storms, one more time. Perhaps that was what VI president of 12 years ago was doing, making a 911 call to his greatest philosophers. Enough of this faith based emergency response garbage.

    “Help those who are in its way to reach safety. Open our hearts in generosity to all who need help in the coming days. In all things and in all times, help us to remember that even when things seem dark and stormy, you are in the boat with us, guiding us to safety. Amen.”, why don’t we also call on that senile pond scum Robertson to pray so the storms will completely bypass the goo old US of A and perhaps hit Canada may be. WHEN WILL THESE STUPID CLOWN EVER LEARN WHEN TO SHUT UP..

  • nkri401

    Some people seemed to think only they have the special power to ask for a divine intervention.

    Regardless of this special power, this always begs the question, why did God let the storm form in the first place?

  • nkri401

    BTW, the real god of the sea is Poseidon…

  • Secular1

    Funny

  • backspace1

    May the graces of spirit lighten your path as well SJ.

    With regards to the position of Absloute Power, from what i was taught, if you live under this house, there is only one in rule.

    to wit
    Voice of reason? and the reflection of self governance
    as we administer- to those in need- we are reminded of the duty-to minimize losses.
    if we think back to ancient times, look how far we have come- it cannot change over night but-

    make sense-
    nothing like this -is ever good nor, i believe that anyone can say it is good, for societies to evolve their positions of absolute-belief to one of productive direction. . “how can we get the numbers down?”

    butterflies moonbeams and ferry tails
    shameon the house?

  • Secular1

    I cannot make head or tail of this post. What are you laboring to pontificate here?

  • SODDI

    Has Pat Robertson claimed this was a punishment from god and assigned blame yet?

    If not, this isn’t a real natural disaster.

  • tatooyou

    So, I see you’ve joined the circus.

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