Katrina's Not Looking Good....
New Orleans is just plain one of the best cities in the world, much less the US, and one of the lowest, too. They've got a giant hurricane heading right at them. There are a lot of other folks on the Gulf Coast also facing this trouble.
St. Louis, patron saint of New Orleans, pray for them. St. Barbara, patron saint of storms, pray for them. St. Gregory the Wonderworker and St. Florian, patron saints of floods, pray for them. St. Jude, patron of New Orleans' fire and police officers, pray for them. St. Expeditus, pray for them. Mary -- patroness of Biloxi; Star of the Sea; Our Lady of the Assumption, patroness of the Acadians; Our Lady of Prompt Succor, helper of New Orleans and patroness of Louisiana; Our Lady of Sorrows, patroness of Mississippi; Our Lady of the Gulf, patroness of Alabama -- pray for them. And all you saints in Heaven who've lived in Louisiana and Mississippi and Alabama, and all you souls still in Purgatory who've lived in these places, please pray with us for the people along the Gulf, and especially in those places you loved in your time on Earth. In Christ our Lord, Amen.
All things are tame to Him Who made;
He called their names and they obeyed.
Jesus can calm the stormy sea,
As once He did in Galilee.
So if it be Your will, please keep the storm surge from going over the levees, Lord, and comfort and protect those poor people who could not get out. Keep an eye also on all those whose jobs keep them in harm's way: the doctors and nurses, the public safety workers, the reporters and camera handlers, the hotel employees, and all the rest. And may you bring anyone who dies safely home to You. Amen.
I realize that this may sound very hysterical to folks out there. To be honest, seeing as my nursery school and my dad's workplace were destroyed in the Xenia tornado, I do have personal problems with big huge storms. I don't know where my aunt and uncle who live in New Orleans are now, although I've no doubt they bugged out in good time. Beyond that, I really wish there was something I could do, and besides donating money to Catholic Charities, this is the only thing I can do that seems even vaguely useful. So if I'm being a bit compulsive, that's why.