I am not a particularly prayerful person. †But I believe in the power of prayer and, in my lifetime, have seen many times that prayer really works. †Im most cases, it is the only one that works when all else have failed.
In the wake of Ondoy (aka Ketsana) a lot of Filipinos have been in life-and-death situations. †I can only wonder at the horror they’ve been to.
Last week, the text of “Oratio Imperata,” a prayer for deliverance from natural calamities, started circulating on the Web. †It was even featured in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. †Devout Catholics who have used the prayer in dire circumstances attest to its power.
Here it is, for everyone’s quick reference:
ìAlmighty Father, we raise our hearts to You in gratitude for the wonders of creation of which we are part, for Your providence in sustaining us in our needs, and for Your wisdom that guides the course of the universe.
ìWe acknowledge our sins against You and the rest of creation.
ìWe have not been good stewards of Nature.
ìWe have confused Your command to subdue the earth.
ìThe environment is made to suffer our wrongdoing, and now we reap the harvest of our abuse and indifference.
ìGlobal warming is upon us. Typhoons, floods, volcanic eruption, and other natural calamities occur in increasing number and intensity.
ìWe turn to You, our loving Father, and beg forgiveness for our sins.
ìWe ask that we, our loved ones and our hard earned possessions be spared from the threat of calamities, natural and man-made.
ìWe beseech You to inspire us all to grow into responsible stewards of Your creation, and generous neighbors to those in need.