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A prayer for Taiwan, Japan, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Alaska, eastern Kentucky, and all places dealing with disasters and their aftermath

God of all creation, 

when the earth shakes,

you are God. 

When the waters rage,

you are God. 

When winds howl and rains batter,

you are God. 

When floods rise and power fails, 

you are God. 

In all your children face, endure, and experience,

you are God. 

Present with us. 

Sharing our situation. 

Offering support. . 

When your children stand in need,

you are God

Provide comfort to those who mourn,

healing for those who are injured,

strength to those who respond first,

guidance for those who extend care,

and compassion and wisdom for all who help rebuild. 

Inspire all nations and peoples,

inspire us

to reach out in ways that help your children, our siblings, wherever they may be. 

In Jesus’ name we pray. 


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Una oración en un dia de tormentas

(translated by Marissa Galván)
Dios del viento, 
Dios del sol, 
Dios de la lluvia, 
Dios de la furia, 
Dios de la calma, 
Dios de la tormenta, 
oramos por lugares, pueblos y criaturas 
que hacen frente a climas severod. 
Te pedimos por Alaska 
en donde la gente se enfrenta 
A los remanentes del Tifón Merbok; 
Te pedimos por Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes, 
y por Guadalupe y otras islas del Caribe 
en donde acecha la Tormenta Tropical Fiona; 
y por los lugares y lospueblos 
que se enfrentan a tormentas 
que no sabemos o conocemos. 
Tanto en Alaska, como en Puerto Rico, 
y en cada lugar y todo lugar, 
protege a las personas y a tus criaturas, 
dirige a quienes toman medidas para aumentar la seguridad, 
da fortaleza a las personas que responden y a las que se preparan para responder, 
e inspira a las naciones y organizaciones del mundo 
para que proporcionen la asistencia adecuada. 
Esto lo pedimos en el nombre de Jesús 
que calmó la tormenta. 
A prayer on a day of stormsAmén.

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A prayer on a day of storms

God of the wind,

God of the sun,

God of the rain,

God of the fury,

God of the calm,

God of the storm,

we pray for places, peoples, and creatures

facing severe weather.

For Alaska as the people face

the remnants of Typhoon Merbok;

for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands,

and for Guadeloupe and other islands in the Caribbean

where Tropical Storm Fiona prowls;

and for places and peoples

who face storms of which we are unaware.

In Alaska,

in Puerto Rico,

in each place and every place,

protect the people and your creatures,

guide those who take steps to increase safety,

strengthen those who respond, and who are preparing to respond,

inspire the nations and organizations of the world

to provide appropriate assistance.

This we pray in the name of Jesus

who stilled a storm.


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1 August 2019

Beginning again. Again.
Walking. Morningside Gardens.
Treadmill. Gym at the Shire.
For Baltimore. For Puerto Rico.
Silver – Rick Ocasek
You Think You’re a Man – Divine
Baltimore – Audra McDonald
Baltimore – Nina Simone
Baltimore – Lyle Lovett
Baltimore – Randy Newman
Use Me – Bill Withers
Got to Give It Up – Marvin Gaye
All Blues – Miles Davis
Baltimore – Prince
I Know Where I’ve Been – Queen Latifah (Hairspray)
Afilando Los Cuchillos – Residente, iLe & Bad Bunny
PUTA – PJ Sin Suela
La Borinqueña – iLe (Facebook post during demonstration)
Lamento Borincano – La India (Twitter post during demonstration)
Delincuente – Farruko, Anuel AA & Kendo Kaponi
Yo Soy Boricua – Taino
Que Lloren – Ivy Queen
A Forgotten Spot (Olvidado) – Lin-Manuel Miranda, Zion & Lennox, De La Ghetto, Ivy Queen, PJ Jin Suela, Lucecita Benitez

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9 June 2019

Walk. Morningside Gardens.
Almost Like Praying – Lin-Manuel Miranda and Artists for Puerto Rico
Raza de Mil Colores – Ricky Martin
Lamento Borincaño – Mark Anthony
Orguello De Borinquen – 
Lefty Pérez
Que Lloren – Ivy Queen
Lirica Borinquena – El Gran  Combo de Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico – Frankie Ruiz
Mi Gente – Héctor Lavoe
100% – Big Punisher
Puerto Rico – Jerry Rivera
Yo Soy Boricua – Taino

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Purple flowers, guest collection #72


Photo by Florence Vargas
17 August 2017
Ruelia Gigante
San Sebastian, Puerto Rico

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Recordando a Roberto

Roberto_ClementeI  first posted this three years ago. For some reason, Clemente has been on my mind today and so I repost.

Forty years ago this day, Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente climbed aboard a plane in Puerto Rico bound for Nicaragua.

A massive earthquake had struck Managua on December 23, 1972. The quake devastated the city, leaving thousands dead or homeless. Clemente organized relief efforts in Puerto Rico. When he learned that some of the aid had ended up in the pockets of the leaders and had not reached the people of Nicaragua, Clemente decided to deliver the next shipment personally. He assumed his stature would make sure that those in need received the supplies.

On December 31, 1972, Clemente stepped into a DC-7 plane along with the supplies. Not long after takeoff the plane suddenly lost altitude and crashed into the waters off Puerto Rico. Clemente’s body was never found.

The people of Puerto Rico, Latinos/as and Hispanics, the people of Western Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh, and others admired Clemente for his athletic prowess. He played with fire and passion and grace and an amazing ability.

More than that, the people admired Clemente for the way he lived his life. He challenged the prejudice and racism that affected Latino players. He demanded respect for himself and the people of Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries. He worked for people who lived in poverty and responded to the needs of his sisters and brothers. He reached out to children and provided them with opportunities to develop their own athletic talents.

I remember hearing the news the news of Roberto Clemente’s death on January 1, 1973 in Grove City, Pennsylvania. It devastated me. Clemente had been the hero of my childhood. At the time of his death, he was the hero of my youth.

And today – on the fortieth anniversary of his death – I remember and give thanks for Roberto Clemente – my hero still.

See you along the Trail.

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