I was moved by the reporter who shared with the nation that just before he left for Haiti his father handed him 100 dollars in bills, and gave him instructions to find an orphanage, find the director of that orphanage, and give that money to the director of the orphanage. Perhaps not all of us can have our donations hand delivered to the recipient of our choice, but it reminded me that there is always some way to make our contribution to the relief effort double or triple in its power. Now is the time to turn more diligently than ever to prayer. As Catholics we believe in the power of our prayer, in the healing power of our God, in His mercy and His love for the smallest, the weakest, and the poorest of the poor. Now is the moment not only to be generous but also to turn wholeheartedly to prayer, just as the people of Haiti now gather in the streets to pray in thanks for their lives, and in hope for the future.
Rediscover the strength of praying like a child. No formulas, no methods, just a heart turning to God. Light a candle, say a prayer for the intention of your choice for the people of Haiti and let that candle burn as the physical symbol of constant prayer, as a symbol of solidarity in hope.
Visit our Prayer and Appeal for Haiti page.
CNS photo/Jorge Silva, Reuters