I’m blessed to have many sweet and wonderful readers from the Philippines, so I wanted to let you all know that you have many, many prayers coming your way from across the ocean. Our whole church prayed for you at Mass today, and we’ll be continuing to lift you up to the Lord as you work through the devastation that has come to your country.
For those who would like to help the relief effort, you can donate to Catholic Relief Services, which has a strong presence in the Philippines. They note that the recent earthquake has strained their resources, and they’re in dire need of financial support.
A prayer from the CRS website:
God, who quiets great winds and stills rough seas
We ask your protection for the people of the Philippines.
Comfort them in their fear.
Stay close to them in their danger.
And we ask the intercession of Your Blessed Mother
That together with her and with all your holy saints
We may stand in solidarity with our Filipino brothers and sisters
through their darkest hour
through their longest night.
Give us the courage to remain steadfast
To reach out to them in their need
To comfort them in their sorrow
To hold them as closely as You hold them
To see them through to morning.