Center of Concern | Tue, Nov 12, 2013
Center's Director Eduction for Justice Project Pat Finan offers a prayer of compassion for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan and those emergency workers arriving on site in the Philippines. Please add your support to first responders: Catholic Relief Services <www.crs.org> or American Red Cross <www.redcross.org> or World Vision <www.worldvision.org> Photo courtesy of WFP/Praveen Agrawal. Follow story updates at World Vision Responding to Haiyan Devastation in the Philippines.
In the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan
— Pat Finan
They easily find places that most of us can’t locate on maps.
Storms kill thousands and harm millions of people we’ve never given much thought to.
We can’t stumble with them through the jagged debris. We can’t smell the stench.
But our screens flood with images of rubble, of corpses, of endless lines for aid.
Will these scenes seep deep into our minds and hearts?
Can we feel the pain of sisters and brothers who hurt like we hurt?
Bleed like we bleed?
Mourn like we mourn?
Lord, give us compassion and a spirit of sacrifice, to respond with generosity and prayer
For those who’ve died in Typhoon Haiyan and those who pick up the pieces.
Bless us, too, with the wisdom to weigh our ways of being
And discern how our lifestyles might be forcing nature’s hand.