HONG KONG – The world has watched with great sadness the unfolding tragedy that has hit the state of Texas in the U.S. as a result of Hurricane Harvey which landed on August 26. The ensuing days of torrential rain has made this a historic natural disaster in the U.S. in size and scope
O glorious St. Joseph,
foster father of Jesus,
you did provide for the Holy Family.
We commit to your protection all our crops and farm industries.
We beseech you, to intercede in our behalf
with Almighty God,
Who rules the seasons,
so that our fields being safe from pests and favored by the weather
may yield abundant crops
O Divine Lord,
how shall I dare to approach You,
I who have so often offended You?
No, Lord, I am not worthy
that You should enter under my roof;
but speak only the word
and my soul shall be healed.
Mother of Mercy,
Teacher of hidden and silent sacrifice,
to you, who come to meet us sinners,
we dedicate on this day all our being and all our love.
We also dedicate to you our life, our work, our joys,
our infirmities and our sorrows.
Grant peace, justice and prosperity to our peoples;
for we entrust to your care all that we have
O good cross,
made beautiful by the body of the Lord,
long have I desired you,
ardently have I loved you,
unceasingly have I sought you,
and now you are ready for my eager soul.
Receive me from among men and restore me to my Master,
so that He, who redeemed me through you,
shall receive me through you.
Adai is a grandmother and faithful member of the Catholic community in TianGou village in the mountains of Taiwan. Like all the residents of the mountain villages along the DaAn River, Adai is a member of the Tayal tribal group. The women are famed for their weaving and the men for hunting and war.
O Holy Spirit,
I humbly implore You,
be with me always
so that in all things,
I may act under the influence
of Your holy inspiration.
O Holy Spirit, Creator,
mercifully assist Your Catholic Church,
and by Your heavenly power strengthen and establish her
against the assaults of all her enemies;
and by Your love and grace
renew the spirit of Your servants
whom You have anointed,
that in You they may glorify the Father
and His only-begotten Son,
O Jesus, come back into our society,
our family life, our souls
and reign there as our peaceful sovereign.
Enlighten with the splendor of faith
and the charity of your tender heart
the souls of those who work
for the good of the people, for your poor.
Impart in them your own spirit,
a spirit of discipline, order and gentleness,
The Southeast Asian country of Burma was one of the early nations apart from China where the Columbans established a mission in 1936. Unfortunately, the xenophobic Burmese military dictatorship kicked out the last Columbans from that country in 1979.