Sisters of St. Joseph of CarondeletDecember 15, 2017

Point of Light

“We are praying for hope despite this situation. Even as we face darkness, we pray that people may see a pinpoint of light.”
—Rev. Jean Jadotte

“Our Church mourns the terrible suffering of our brothers and sisters in Haiti. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake that ravaged Haiti on January 12, 2010 has already claimed thousands of lives including the Archbishop of Port-au-Prince. It has destroyed countless homes, churches, seminaries, schools, and other buildings and has left millions without the most basic necessities of life. Our faith compels us to pray for and reach out to our brothers and sisters in their time of suffering.”
—Cardinal Francis George, president, U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops

“The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet join with women and men religious and peoples from all over the world in offering our grief and promise of prayers and donations for those who are suffering the devastating effects of the tragic earthquake in Haiti. Please join as we pray for those whose lives have been forever changed by this disaster and for the safety of the volunteers preparing to serve those in need.”

—Albany Province, Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet



Prayer for the People of Haiti

God of life, at times such as this,
when we realize that the ground beneath our feet is not as solid as we had imagined,
we plead for your mercy.

As the things we have built crumble about us,
we know too well how small we truly are
on this ever-changing, ever-moving, fragile planet we call home.
 
Yet you have promised never to forget us.
Do not forget us now.
Today, so many people are afraid.
They wait in fear of the next tremor.
They hear the cries of the injured amid the rubble.
They roam the streets in shock at what they see.
And they fill the dusty air with wails of grief and the names of missing dead.
 
Comfort them, Lord, in this disaster, first the earthquake, then the disease.
Be their rock when the Earth refuses to stand still,
and shelter them under your wings when homes no longer exist.
Embrace in your arms those who died so suddenly.
Console the hearts of those who mourn,
and ease the pain of bodies on the brink of death.
 
Pierce, too, our hearts with compassion, we who watch from afar,
as the poorest on this side of the Earth find only misery upon misery.
Move us to act swiftly this day, to give generously every day,
to work for justice always, and to pray unceasingly for those without hope.
 
And once the shaking has ceased,
the images of destruction have stopped filling the news,
and our thoughts return to life' daily rumblings,
let us not forget that we are all your children and they, our brothers and sisters.
We are all the work of your hands.
For though the mountains leave their place and the hills be tossed to the ground,
your love shall never leave us, and your promise of peace will never be shaken.
 
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and Earth.
Blessed be the name of the Lord, now and forever. Amen.
 
Copyright, 2010, Diana Macalintal, Diocese of San José
 
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