Pray for Japan

“Certainly, there is an esprit among the people, indeed, all Japanese are required to participate in [earthquake] drills. The Church, too, does her part, and feels herself called to do all she can.”

“[The] organisation worked well. One truly feels what one is before nature and before the Lord, and we thank the Lord that Japan took steps to prepare.”

Words from Archbishop Alberto Bottari de Castello, the Nuncio to Japan, on a day that saw devastation brought to the north of that country. The Diocese of Sendai, which covers the northern tip of Honshu and the northwestern Pacific coast, has been hit hard. I’ll keep an eye out from news from that home of some 11,000 Catholics.

In the mean time, let’s pray for the intercession of Our Lady of Japan, Saint Francis Xavier and Saint Peter Baptist, patrons of Japan, for the safety of all affected by the earthquake and the tsunami that followed. May that prayer also extend to all on the shores and islands of the Pacific Ocean, still awaiting the arrival of the flood.

Photo credit: Kyodo News, via Associated Press