A Hurricane Prayer

A Prayer in the Storm

God of the Universe, at the dawn of creation, your Spirit breathed on the waters, making them the wellspring of all holiness. You created the oceans and rivers, and all that dwell within them, and at your word the wind and the waves were born.

The seasons follow your plan, and the tides rise and fall on your command. In both calm and storm, you are with us.

Advertisement

On the Sea of Galilee, even when the disciples began to fear, Jesus showed that he was Lord over the waters by rebuking the storms, so that all would know that even the wind and the waves obey him.

Creator God, we ask you to calm the wind and the waves of the approaching hurricane, and spare those in its path from harm. Help those who are in its way to reach safety. Open our hearts in generosity to all who need help in the coming days.

In all things and in all times, help us to remember that even when life seems dark and stormy, you are in the boat with us, guiding us to safety.

Amen.

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.
James Balma
5 years 11 months ago
Amen
Bill Mazzella
5 years 11 months ago
The awesomeness of the universe is out front in such events. Our help is in the name of the Lord. Who made heaven and earth.
5 years 11 months ago
Beautiful prayer.  I recommend it be prayed linked to Terrence Freitheim’s “Creation Untamed.” The prayer satisfies the soul, Freitheim’s work satisfies  the mind. It’s the best attempted  explanation I ever read tackling the “how” and “why” of natural disasters, like hurricanes. Most importantly, please say the prayer.
John Lindner
5 years 11 months ago
Thanks for this prayer. I also lift up in thanks and prayer U.S. Catholics who through Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities are responding the needs of people in the Caribbean and here at home who've been hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. May God continue to bless you in your very practical compassion.
Laurie Cochran
5 years 11 months ago
Thank you for this beautiful prayer for ALL the storms we face. 

Advertisement
More: Prayer

The latest from america

 10.17.2018 Pope Francis greets Cardinal Blase J. Cupich of Chicago before a session of the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment at the Vatican Oct. 16. (CNS photo/Vatican Media)
“We take people where they are, walking with them, moving forward,” Cardinal Blase Cupich said.
Michael J. O’LoughlinOctober 20, 2018
Catherine Pakaluk, who currently teaches at the Catholic University of America and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University, describes her tweet to Mr. Macron as “spirited” and “playful.”
Emma Winters October 19, 2018
A new proposal from the Department of Homeland Security could make it much more difficult for legal immigrants to get green cards in the United States. But even before its implementation, the proposal has led immigrants to avoid receiving public benefits.
J.D. Long-GarcíaOctober 19, 2018
 Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, then nuncio to the United States, and then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington, are seen in a combination photo during the beatification Mass of Blessed Miriam Teresa Demjanovich at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, N.J., Oct. 4, 2014. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
In this third letter Archbishop Viganò no longer insists, as he did so forcefully in his first letter, that the restrictions that he claimed Benedict XVI had imposed on Archbishop McCarrick—one he alleges that Pope Francis later lifted—can be understood as “sanctions.”
Gerard O’ConnellOctober 19, 2018