A prayer for the people of Oklahoma

As our sisters and brothers deal with the agonizing aftermath of a devastating twister in Oklahoma, may the memory of a storm on the Sea of Galilee (Mark 4:35-41) be an occasion to experience Jesus’ peace and comfort.

“He hushed the storm to silence, the waves of the sea were stilled!” Click for full Psalm.

(This prayer is taken from The Roman Missal, “Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions, #37:  For an End to Storms”)

O God, to Whose commands
all the elements give obedience,
we humbly entreat You,
that the stilling of fearsome storms
may turn a powerful menace
into an occasion for us to praise You.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God,
for ever and ever.

Pray also for the first responders and all involved in locating and rescuing trapped people. If you desire to help with a donation, here is a link to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.