Philippines – light a candle

In the last few minutes news reports have estimated that the death toll in yesterday’s Philippines Typhoon is in the vicinity of 10.000 people.
A number of readers of this blog live in the Philippines, and a significant percentage of our Good Shepherd Hurunui parishioners are from the Philippines and awaiting news from friends and family. This morning I received replies to three messages I sent yesterday to friends in the Philippines, and I am waiting to hear from another who lives in Cebu, one of the most seriously affected regions.
On Tuesday evening (November 12) I will celebrate Mass with the Filipino parishioners here in the Hurunui remembering in prayer all those who are suffering the devastation and grief of this tragedy.

In moments of suffering, when we don’t know what else to do, it can be a great comfort to light a candle as we commend people and our intentions to God. The website has a page where you can light a candle. Visit the page by tapping on the image below.

If you are at a loss about how or what to pray as you light a candle, I encourage you to pray the prayer that is no doubt being prayed by our sisters and brothers in the Philippines at the moments as they cling to those they love in hope:

Our Father…




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