Our Prayers are With You
Yeb Sano, the Philippine delegate at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (then underway in Poland) said, “To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare you to get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of your armchair. I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian Ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels … to the hills of Central America that confront similar monstrous hurricanes, to the vast savannas of Africa where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce … And if that is not enough, you may want to pay a visit to the Philippines right now.” To underscore the urgency of the situation, Sano has chosen to fast until the UN makes real progress on a plan for action to solve the climate crisis.
Meanwhile, at the scene, the Sisters of the Divine Savior were providing food and shelter in their school, the Sisters of Providence were working with the Association of Major Superiors to plan a strategy for aid—even flying supplies in by helicopter. They are accepting donations for the relief effort through their Mission Advancement and Generalate Finance Offices. We also keep the Carmelite Sisters of Charity of Vedruna, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, the Congregation of our Lady of Sion, and the Religious of Jesus and Mary in our prayers. We have not heard that any of our sisters were hurt, though many have lost friends and relatives or suffered property damage.
And we remember Japan–
The people of Japan are still suffering from a triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis, especially the region of Fukushima where our Congregation of Notre Dame sisters minister. High levels of radiation are contaminating soil, food, water, and there is much physical, emotional, and spiritual suffering. The sisters have chosen to stay despite the radiation risk, ministering to the evacuees who are ostracized because others fear that radiation can be “caught.” The sisters have developed a new ministry called, “Bent Over to Listen.”