Recent storms and fires have caused devastating damage in the Midwest and the West. Last month a derecho blew through the state of Iowa and damaged over 14 million acres of crops. In addition to very large crop losses, many people in rural towns homes and businesses were badly damaged. Also, the fires in the states of California, Oregon and Washington have burned over 5 million acres, with many people evacuating and/or losing their homes and farms.
One theme Saint Paul repeats in his letters in Holy Scripture is the truth that as Christians, we are the body of Christ, and like our physical body, “If one member suffers, all suffer together….” Let us keep all those who have been impacted by the recent storm in our prayers.
This is why Catholic Rural Life in conjunction with the dioceses of Iowa—Archdiocese of Dubuque and Dioceses of Davenport, Sioux City and Des Moines—are leading a Novena in Honor of St. Isidore, the Farmer, led each day by a bishop. It begins on Monday, September 21, and ends on Tuesday, September 29. The Novena will be broadcast via Facebook and can be found on our website.
Please stand with all those who have been impacted and join us for this Novena.