It has been three weeks since the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on August 4th. In the days following Bishop Richard Gagnon, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, wrote a letter of condolence to His Beatitude Mar Béchara Boutros Cardinal Raï, Maronite Patriarch of Antioch.
You can read the letter here.
It can be difficult to find updates on the situation in Lebanon on the news, but BBC seems to have quite a few articles you can access here.
Development and Peace is also asking for donations to support their humanitarian efforts in Beirut. You can learn more and donate here.
Most importantly we can continue to pray for the people of Beirut and all of Lebanon as they struggle to survive in the aftermath of the explosion as well as the continuing pandemic.
God of refuge,
hear our prayer
as we hold the people of Beirut
in our hearts at this time.
Fill us with compassion
and move us to reach out in love.
In your mercy,
bring comfort to those who mourn,
healing to those who are injured,
shelter to those who are homeless
sustenance to those who hunger.
Give strength to those who are working
to rebuild shattered lives,
and protect those who are vulnerable
especially in a time of coronavirus.
Lead us in your ways
so that together we may bring
the light of new hope
wherever there is destruction and despair.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.
~ prayer taken from CAFOD