New Orleans Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond has applauded Louisiana legislators for declaring a day of prayer for recovery from the oil spill June 20. “This is a public sign of our humble dependence upon God,” he said in a June 17 statement.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to those killed in the explosion. Likewise we offer prayerful consolation to their families and friends,” he said. “The oil spill has very challenging effects on many people in our community, epecially the fishing industry, oil industry and related works. We also need to be attentive to the impact on our environment and economy.”
He urged all to pray to God for reassurance and “to walk with us in this very challenging time.”
“We pray that: we may not lose hope; we will persevere in tough times; we will see God’s compassion and love in these trying circumstances; God will lead scientists and engineers to a permanent solution soon; we will bear this cross with trust; we will reach out in prayer and with financial resources to those whose livelihood and family life have been affected.”
Archbishop Aymond said that Catholic Charities of the archdiocese will continue to aid those suffering from the disaster with food, counseling and other services — on an emergency basis and long-term.
“God never abandons us but walks with us during this challenging time in the history of our state and nation,” he said.