Please pray for people and an Abbey threatened by the California fires

Fr. Stephanos, of Me Monk Me Meander says prayers are needed for their monastery, Prince of Peace Abbey, in Oceanside, CA, not far from where the California fires are burning wildly:

We are in San Diego County. We are safe for the moment. We have even provided rooms in our guesthouse to about a dozen persons who fled fires further inland. The monastery is two miles from the ocean.

Our danger is that brush-filled canyons constitute the western and eastern borders of our property. If a fire starts down inside one of them, it would race uphill to the monastery.

 

Oremus. Deus, in quo vivimus, movemur et sumus: pluviam nobis tribue congruentem; ut, praesentibus subsidiis sufficienter adiuti, sempiterna fiducialius appetamus. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Let us pray. O God, in whom we live, move, and have our being, grant us seasonable rain, so that our temporal needs being sufficiently supplied, we may seek with greater confidence after things eternal. Through our Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who with Thee liveth and reignth in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever. Amen.

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13 Responses to Please pray for people and an Abbey threatened by the California fires

  1. Elizabeth V says:

    My prayers.

  2. woodyjones says:

    In my prayers as well. Also, has anyone heard how St. Michael’s Abbey (the Norbertines) has fared? One map I saw put one of the fires right in their vicinity?

  3. Brian Day says:

    St Michael’s Abbey is safe for now, although the fire is only a couple of miles away.
    This MAP shows the current fire outline. St Michael’s is a little to the right of the fire outline on El Toro Rd. (right at the “d” of Rd.)

    The winds will be changing today. The Santa Ana winds – the off-shore winds out of the NE – will be replaced by on-shore winds out of the West later today. This is a mixed blessing. The on-shore winds means cooler temperatures and higher humidity which is good for fighting fires, but it means a new direction for the fires to take-off on.

  4. danphunter1 says:

    I have heard that Mel Gibson had to evacuate his home in the Malibu area.
    Let us pray that his home remains untouched as well as the Church of the Holy Family that Mr. Gibson has built to the greater glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    By the by this church only offers the Tridentine Mass.
    Dear Lord protect thy children in southern California.
    God bless you.

  5. SC says:

    Fr. Z,
    Watching the news the last few days, I could not help thinking of the question you posed recently about what we would take if we had to leave our homes suddenly. In the news reports, many people said they did not even take their medicines with them when they fled! We are affected by the same winds here in Arizona, and I cannot imagine what it would be like to have a consuming fire moved by these winds! I join in the prayers for these people.

  6. Carl H. Horst says:

    Today on the Feast of St. Raphael, Archangel, conditions in Southern California are slowly improving. The Santa Ana condition is breaking down with more of an on-shore flow and increasing humidity. With the arrival of additional aircraft it is hoped that efforts to contain the many fires will see some success. In San Diego County over a half millon people have been displaced by the fires. What we really need are prayers.

  7. SC: I have gotten a couple e-mails from people in that area that that entry was in some respects helpful.

  8. Derik Castillo says:

    My prayer is that some of the rain we have in
    Kentucky goes to other places where it is needed.

  9. Peggy Halpin says:

    Wed.P.M. The Norbertine Sisters here in Tehachapi informed us that the wind finally changed at St. Micheals Abbey. It had been evacuated of all students and priests except for three priests who were waiting until the last moment when it would still be safe. All the friends of the Abbey are grateful for the prayers for them and continue in prayer for the many victims of this tragic fire.

  10. My wife and I had to evacuate from the San Bernardino Mountains 2 days ago, so we sympathize! I’ll certainly be praying for these wonderful religious. May God bless and keep them!

  11. Rosie says:

    The norbertine abby was evacuated on monday. There are 3 or 4 priests still there (I’ve heard both) and they are giving aid to the firemen…food, a place to take a break and sleep.

    Does anyone know if the tridentine mass ususally held in the Serra Chapel of the mission that was moved to St Michaels has been moved for this sunday (feast of Christ the King)?

  12. ** Matt ** says:

    DanPHunter1 wrote, “I have heard that Mel Gibson had to evacuate his home in the Malibu area.

    Let us pray that his home remains untouched as well as the Church of the Holy Family that Mr. Gibson has built to the greater glory of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    By the by this church only offers the Tridentine Mass.
    Dear Lord protect thy children in southern California.
    God bless you.”

    —While I have always appreciated Mel Gibson, one should take note the chapel of his has Masses said by SSPX priests, not Masses heretofore sanctioned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Now, however, since the Motu Proprio, the all the more I hope the Masses said there are licit ones. I don’t hold anything against the SSPX people. I admire their angst to stand up for what is right. It’s only their lack of Apostolic continuity which bothers me.

  13. Karen says:

    Well, I’ve been in that situation 3 times in my life, ahd here is what you will grab: important documents and PHOTOS – and of course your family and PETS. Anyone who grabs a copy of Shakespeare is an idiot – unless it was handwritten by the Bard himself. You can replace that. You can’t replace the picture of your great grandmother who came over from “the old country.” If you’re smart you will scan your most important photos in your computer NOW and put some one line for yourself and put a lot of them on a scandisk and put that in a safedeposit box. Grab your wallet and your plastic. Anything else is gravy. In my case it’s going to be this laptop.