It has been a week since the tsunami ravaged the coasts of the Indian Ocean. With each passing the day the familiarity and realized scope of the devestation and human tragedy increases, as the awe and disbelief fades. At this time we are reminded by the devotion of the Magi that we are called in solidarity to respond as individuals. This can be complicated by the distances that separate us, but we can and should respond in at least two ways: prayer with fasting and financial giving.
The world's attention will fade in time, here's a novena prayer to St. Jude for the victims of the tsunami to extend that time:
O most holy apostle, St. Jude, faithful servant and friend of Jesus, people honor and invoke you universally, as the patron of hopeless cases, of things almost despaired of. Pray for me, for I am so helpless and alone. Please help to bring me visible and speedy assistance. Come to my assistance in this great need that I may receive the consolation and help of heaven in all my necessities, tribulations, and sufferings, particularly that the victims of the tsunami may have peace and comfort, and that I may praise God with you always.
Other novena prayers can be found at stjudenovena.org.
Here's a few places to contribute financial aid, if you haven't already:
Catholic Relief Services
American Red Cross
Direct Relief International