Catholic Social News: Hurricane Harvey
In the Catholic calendar September 1st is dedicated to the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Pope Francis started this after he launched his most recent encyclical on the environment “Laudato Si.” This past week we witnessed and prayed for the families in Texas who suffered from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. In his Encyclical Pope Francis reminds us that of our Catholic social teaching and the concern we are have on the issue of Climate Change.
We can see signs that things are now reaching a breaking point, due to the rapid pace of change and degradation; these are evident in large-scale natural disasters as well as social and even financial crises, for the world’s problems cannot be analyzed or explained in isolation. LS #61
Cardinal DiNardo of Houston Texas offered the following reflection and prayer. I would like to share this with the Notre Dame community so that we may join both Pope Francis, Cardinal DiNardo and the people of Texas who suffer from this latest ecological disaster.
As the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, this crisis hits very close to home. In solidarity with my brother bishops in this area of the country, I call on people of faith to pray for all of those who have been impacted by this Hurricane, and I ask people of good will to stand with the victims and their families.
May God, the Lord of mercy and compassion, protect all who are still in danger, and bring to safety those who are missing. May He care in a special way for those who were already homeless, or without support and resources, before this disaster. We pray in thanksgiving for the first responders who are risking their lives to save others at this very moment. We include in our intentions the everyday heroes reaching out to help their neighbors in need, those who, like the Good Samaritan, cannot walk by a person in need without offering their hand in aid.