The Archbishop of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, H. E. Most Rev. Joseph Serge Miot, was killed in the earthquake that devastated the area. His body has been recovered.
Please pray for the repose of his soul and God’s mercy for him and the others who suffered.
In the older form of the Litany of Saints we sing to be preserved from an "unprovided death". That is to say, we pray God the grace not to die in such a way that we don’t have the last sacraments.
This is one reason why I travel with an oil stock.
This is a reason why people should make a good confession frequently, holding nothing back, and should examine their consciences daily.
When people die in earthquakes, in less then modernized countries, it is often because the buildings were poorly constructed, or there was shoddy work or materials. People die often because of the greed or laziness of others.
You all have your vocations and your professions. Do your work well.
Your vocation demands certain things from you. Your profession demands certain things from you. If you receive a wage, in justice do your job well.
But in many cases many people can come to great harm if you do not fulfill your vocation well, or your profession diligently.
Imagine being a person who worked on a building and cheated on the construction, knowing that when people died in its collapse you were partly to blame.
This could extend to other aspects of our lives. Parents, raise your children well and in the Faith. If they reject it later, you will at least have done your part and given them their chance. This goes for priests, or teachers, or …. what have you…
Try to be the best you are able at what you do.
And be ready as best you can for that moment when you will have to give an account for your life and hear GOD’s account of your life.