Prayers for Minnesota bridge disaster
Last evening, at rush hour, in bumper to bumper traffic, a 400 foot long span of a bridge linking Minneapolis to St. Paul, MN, fell 64 feet to the Mississippi River below. 4 are known dead, 20 missing, 60 injured. Recovery mission begins today.
Prayers for all the victims and their loved one, and for all the rescue workers trying to help or recover bodies, for all in the overwhelmed hospitals caring for the injured. If your faith tradition does not include prayer for the departed, please recall that God is outside of time and you can pray for these folks in the last moments of their lives. Let us be frank, few people in rush hour traffic are in the best possible of dispositions to face death. For those so inclined, the Divine Mercy chaplet is wonderfully powerful for the dying. Directions for saying the Chaplet are at:
A very Roman Catholic aside: today is the feast of the Portiuncula, and a plenary indulgence may be gained by a visit to the Blessed Sacrament in any public Church and saying there the Our Father and the Creed, with the usual conditions of prayer for the Pope's intentions, Confession and Communion within 8 days, and freedom from attachment to sin. It would be a wonderful thing if many of us made that visit and offered the indulgence for those who died so suddenly in this disaster.
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