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SO, WHEN THE WATERS ARE REALLY RISING, WE SHOULD TURN TO OUR FAITH!
THEREFORE, WE FIRST DILIGENTLY PRAY FOR THE FIRST RESPONDERS AND ALL THE OTHER PEOPLE WHO BRAVELY WORK SO HARD AND SHARE WHAT THEY HAVE TO KEEP US SAFE BY USING NATURAL MEANS. WHEN THOSE RESOURCES ARE USED IN THE POWER OF OUR FAITH IN JESUS AND HIS CROSS, IT CAN BE SO MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE THAN JUST LEVEES AND PUMPS ALONE COULD EVER HOPE TO BE! IT IS IN THE POWER OF GOD THAT WE ACT.
Just a few named storms that have crossed over
our Louisiana lands over the years...
1957 - Audry
1964 - Hilda
1965 - Betsy
1969 - Camille
1971 - Edith
1974 - Carmen
1977 - Babe
1979 - Bob
1985 - Danny
1985 - Juan
1988 - Florence
1992 - Andrew
1997 - Danny
2002 - Lili
2005 - Cindy
2005 - Katrina
2005 - Rita
2007 - Humberto
2008 - Gustave
2008 - Ike
2012 - Isaac
2017 - Harvey
IN ONE MONTH IN 2005 HURRICANE KATRINA AND HURRICANE RITA CROSSED LOUISIANA'S SHORES WITH DEVASTATING RESULTS TO MANY. THESE TWO MASSIVE STORMS MARKED LOUISIANA ON THE EXACT EAST AND THE WEST LINES OF THIS STATE. THEY CLEARLY PUT LOUISIANA ON THE"CENTER-STAGE" OF THE WORLD FOR A LONG TIME AFTER THE EVENTS THEMSELVES. THEY HAVE MARKED LOUISIANA FOR FUTURE EVENTS TO COME. THEY ALSO TOOK LOUISIANA RESIDENTS AND SCATTERED THEM THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. MANY TO NEVER RETURN! BY THAT EXODUS, THE UNIQUE ANNOINTING PLACED UPON LOUISIANA HAS NOW BEEN SPREAD THROUGHOUT THE NATION BY THESE NATIVES. WATCH WHAT WILL HAPPEN HERE AS THE HOLY SPIRIT CONTINUES TO MOVE IN LOUISIANA TO BECOME ITS OWN UNIQUE EUCHARISTIC EXPRESSION OF THE NEW JERUSELEUM THAT IS PROCLAIMED (REVELATION: 21AND FOLLOWING)!
DO NOT FEAR!
BELIEVE HIS WORD WHEN IN FEAR OF PERISHING!
Matthew 17: 19 Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said, “Why could we not drive it out?” 20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
The Calming of a Storm at Sea.22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples and said to them, “Let us cross to the other side of the lake.” So they set sail, 23and while they were sailing he fell asleep. A squall blew over the lake, and they were taking in water and were in danger. 24They came and woke him saying, “Master, master, we are perishing!” He awakened, rebuked the wind and the waves, and they subsided and there was a calm. 25Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” But they were filled with awe and amazed and said to one another, “Who then is this, who commands even the winds and the sea, and they obey him?”
The Calming of a Storm at Sea.35 On that day, as evening drew on, he said to them, “Let us cross to the other side.” 36Leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. 38Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind ceased and there was great calm. 40Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” 41 They were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this whom even wind and sea obey?”
The Calming of the Storm at Sea.23 He got into a boat and his disciples followed him. 24Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. 25 They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” 26He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. 27The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”
PRAYER FOR SAFETY
IN HURRICANE SEASON
O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices ofyour children. The Sea of Galiliee obeyed your order and returned to its former quietude; You are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control; the Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from it seeming lethargy, overstep its conventional boundaries, invade our land and spread chaos and disaster.
During this hurricane season, we turn to You, O Loving Father. Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still vivid and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with the passing of time. O Virgin, Star of the Sea, our Beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your Son on our behalf, so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem where a stormless eternity awaits us.
By the Most Rev. Maurice Schexnayder (1895-1981)
Former Pastor of St. Francis de Sales Church (now Cathedral) in Houma, Louisiana
Second Bishop of Lafayette, Louisiana
Prayer to Our Lady of Prompt Succor
0 Mary, mother of God, who amid the tribulations of the world, watch over us and over the Church of your Son, be to us and to the Church, truly, Our Lady of Prompt Succor.
Make haste to help us in all our necessities, that in this fleeting life you may be our succor, and obtain for us (here ask the particular favor you desire). As you once saved our beloved city from ravaging flames and our country from an invading army, have pity on us and obtain for us protection from hurricanes and all other disasters. Be to us truly Our Lady of Prompt Succor now and especially at the hour of our death.
Our Lady of Prompt Succor
Hasten to Help Us
To read about the history of Our Lady of Prompt Succor and the devotion, click on the image below that is located at the National Shrine located on State Street in New Orleans, LA.