For you have been a refuge to the poor,
a refuge to the needy in their distress;
Shelter from the rain, shade from the heat.
When the blast of the ruthless was like a winter rain,
the roar of strangers like heat in the desert,
You subdued the heat with the shade of a cloud,
the rain of the tyrants was vanquished.
Hurricane Matthew has left hundreds dead and devastated communities still recovering from the earthquake that struck in 2010. Residents are recovering from 140-mph winds, storm surges and as much as 40 inches of rain.
High population density, severe deforestation and decaying infrastructure make Haiti, the poorest country in the western hemisphere, particularly vulnerable to the effects of natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods.
We can bring them comfort as the body of Christ.
Parishes throughout the Diocese of Orlando held a special collection to help Catholic Relief Services provide disaster relief to those in Haiti and other countries in the Caribbean affected by Hurricane Matthew.
We pray for those who suffered loss during Hurricane Matthew and ask the Lord for strength that we might be a source of refuge to them.