National Day of Prayer for Katrina Victims

By: Summer Knowles
By: Summer Knowles

September 16, 2005

President Bush has proclaimed Friday a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Thousands of lives have been lost to Hurricane Katrina, and hundreds of thousands are still suffering.

As hurricane victims try to piece their lives back together, President Bush calls the nation to pray for their recovery, and local residents at the Church of the Incarnation did just that.

The National Day of Prayer and Remembrance is aimed at allowing people divided by distance to unite in compassion.

"In our deepest darkest times we have the tendency and the temptation to feel very alone, and I would want them to know that they are not alone, and that they are on all of our hearts," said Lori Stevenson, a member of the Church of Incarnation.

Stevenson's pastor, Father Gregory Kandt, agreed. "The whole nature of our Catholic faith is that we are all organically connected to each other," he said.

Father Gregory and members of his congregation who have been praying for the victims since the onset of Hurricane Katrina, said they're glad to be praying in solidarity not only with their church, but their country as well.

"Prayer is powerful, especially when we're all praying everywhere all over the world and all over the United States. It's a powerful thing," said Stevenson.

President Bush is asking people nationwide to provide comfort and strength to families of Hurricane Katrina victims and to do whatever they can to ease the burden of the survivors.

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