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Works of Mercy for Victims of Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me

'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.'

The aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Japan

The aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Japan


CHESAPEAKE, VA (Catholic Online) - One of the most sobering passages in the New Testament is found in the Gospel of St. Matthew. Jesus is addressing the Last Judgment: "When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. "Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?(Japan Earthquake Appeal: Help those affected by the earthquake in Japan. We are accepting donations to support our online support efforts in Japan and worldwide. Please donate to help survivors of this emergency. Click Here to Donate - https://www.catholic.org/donation/ )
"When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?' And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.' (Matthew 25: 31 - 40) As we continue on our Lenten pilgrimage, world events have presented us with an opportunity to live what we pledged when we came forward on Ash Wednesday to receive those ashes. The devastating earthquake and tsunami which hit the people of Japan and affected some in Hawaii and beyond, presents us with a real and tangible invitation to a Lenten response of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Our Catholic Faith calls us to live the "Corporal Works of Mercy". They are to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit those in prison and bury the dead. The Catechism of the Catholic Church expounds: "The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead". (CCC #2247) The teaching of Jesus is clear. He is identified with all who suffer. We must be as well. We invite our readers throughout the world to join with us in ongoing prayer, fasting and almsgiving for the afflicted and the grieving. We invite you to join with those who are giving to assist those who have suffered. We invite you to join with us in this Prayer: Father, We come to you in the name of your Son Jesus Christ. We ask for your loving Mercy and kindness toward all who suffer as a result of the Earthquake, Tsunami and aftershocks which have devastated the people of Japan. Lord, for those who lost their lives, and those who mourn them, we ask for your loving mercy. Lord, for those who were wounded, we ask for healing and help. Lord, for those reaching out to the wounded, give them the supernatural graces, and the practical and economic resources they need in their efforts. Lord, for those who are searching for the dead, assist them in their effort so that all who lost their lives in this tragedy can be buried with dignity. We also pray also for those who were affected by this horrible disaster in Hawaii and those who are ministering to their needs. Father, may this natural disaster and true human tragedy become an invitation for your people to enter into the ongoing mission of reaching out to all of the poor and seeing in their face and in their need the face of your Son. During this Lent, we say "Yes" to your invitation to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. May this human tragedy become for your people an occasion of grace and invitation to love. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord Amen  

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Keywords: Tsunami, earthquake, Japan, Hawaii, Corporal works of mercy, spiritual works of mercy, Deacon Keith Fournier



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  1. rafaelmarie
    2 months ago

    I've heard from another Catholic that Japan had dumped hundreds of thousands of human embryos in to the ocean.

    Probably to be devoured by fish of the sea.

    If this is the case, then this is the real reason for God's Tsunami and earthquake chastisements He has delivered to Japan.

    Repent Japan!

  2. Not a fan of raphaelmarie
    3 years ago

    rapahelmarie

    That's the most uncharitable statement I've heard in my life. Are you really Catholic/Christian? I suggest that you repent and pray about this. I would suggest that you visit a priest and tell him about what you posted online. Also, consider an apology to the people you offended in Japan and on this blog.

  3. RC
    3 years ago

    rapahelmarie

    I will be praying for the Japenese people. In addition, He inspired me to pray for you. Most especially for your non-charitable comment on God's punishment on the Japanese people. Your statement is hateful and possessed by the Evil one.

    St. MIchael, pray for the victims of the earthquake. St. Michael, pray that the Evil one will be released from raphaelmarie. Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, rebuke the Evil one from rapahelmarie.

  4. RGA
    3 years ago

    In the bible God says to Cain :" LISTEN to the sound of your brother's blood, crying out to me from the ground that has opened its mouth to receive his blood at YOUR hands." The innocents suffer and die so that the guilty may learn to LISTEN. We hear if we do not look elsewhere for the guilty for not only Japan has to learn to LISTEN!

  5. Michelle
    3 years ago

    rafaelmarie: I connot believe that you would think God would punish Japan especially the innocent children in such a way. These people are suffering terribly and the last thing they need is ridicule and judement! A true christian would never say such a horrible thing. I pray for all the people in Japan and I thank God for being a loving and merciful God.

  6. Bob
    3 years ago

    I too, am afraid this disaster is a chastisement from God. However, I do not blame solely the Japanese people. That is unfair. In fact, I would put more blame on our once great nation, the USA, than on Japan. We are exporting abortion around the world. The only reason we are spared natural disasters of this magnitude, is the fact that we are no longer worthy of redemptive suffering. America has lost her innocence. The innocent have to suffer for the sins of the guilty. One only has to look as far as Calvary to deduce that fact.

  7. andrew
    3 years ago

    rafaelmarie: Refrain. Japanese have always contributed generously because they do for others what they want others to do unto them. Jesus have mercy on the souls of those who have left us abruptly through this tragedy.

  8. Bulbajer
    3 years ago

    Rafaelmarie, do you really think God punished Japan with this terrible natural disaster? I supposed you thought the same of Haiti because of the prevalence of voodoo. Doesn't sound very Christian to me. Sorry.
    God please help the nation of Japan.

  9. amir payara
    3 years ago

    I am very Sade after this harmful and painful disaster. I want to share my one personal feelings that before that disaster i saw all that in my dream. That day i lost completely in the views i saw in my dream. When i getup in the morning my brother call me Amir come here see that Japan has that great disaster. I feel that God wanted to save other people life also and this is a big call for me also to go in Japan and preach the gospel and serve my self for the Gods work. Belong to a very pore family but i believe God will make some source for me to go our their and do some think for God. Please pray for me. From Amir Payara . Karachi Pakistan

  10. rafaelmarie
    3 years ago

    I'm afraid that this disaster is a chastisement from God.

    In Japan, there is alot of perversion, especially against the young.

    I blame the Japanese men who perpetrate the crimes against children.

    But unfortunately the Japanese do not listen to God's Visionaries/Prophet's warnings, especially from our Lady of Akita, who warns against it.

    They consider anyone not Japanese not worthy of attention.

    Please people of Japan, listen to your Mother, She is begging you to repent!

    Your innocent children are losing their innocence in droves!

    The sooner you listen to your Mother, even your economy will improve, and you will be a economic power house again!


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