Hurricane Laura was terribly destructive. It was, after all, a hurricane.
However, it wasn’t as destructive as anticipated. That might be small relief to those who have directly suffered from it, but at least there are fewer of those who directly suffered from it and perhaps the suffering itself isn’t as heavy to bear.
For years and years, whenever I would bless a car, within a short time that car would be involved in an accident. When I blessed the airplane on the way to GITMO Naval Station, that plane crashed on the return trip. There were only minor injuries. Once a woman whose car I had blessed told me that, indeed, she had had an accident. When I replied that I had warned her ahead of time, she responded: “Think of how bad it would have been if you hadn’t blessed the car!
Some time back I was tracking a huge storm with tornadoes barreling down precisely on where I live. The news showed, to the minute, on a map showing all the local roads, where the storm was and where were the tell tale signs of twisters spawning. I went out onto the porch, put on a stole, and read the Litany from the Rituale Romanum with the prayers against storms. When I went inside, I heard a puzzled weather describe something he hadn’t seen before. The storm split and wen t to the north and to the south of where I was.
I believe in the power of prayer, be it for healing, for blessings or for abundance, or else against storms or floods or plagues. I believe that the prayers and exorcisms read by priests and bishops are even holding in check the worst that COVID could do. It stands to reason. The Lord told us to pray.
Today I saw this tweet.
Hurricane Laura was expected to devestate everything in its path. From what I understand, things were not as bad as they could have been. Makes me wonder why…. https://t.co/j8o1dkFuzv
— Fr. Ryan Rojo (@FrRyanRojo) August 27, 2020
Before hurricane Laura hit, on this blog I implored priests, and especially bishops, to read the Litany in the em>Rituale Romanum with the prayers against storms. When I make the plea against disasters, I’m not kidding around.
Laura could have been as bad as predicted but, for some reason, it wasn’t. We cannot rule out the prayers of this bishop.