Pray for us!

I include an ancient prayer as I ask for prayers for my family and my neighbors and friends here in the San Diego area. We were issued a serioud high wind / wildfire warning a short time ago for tonight through late Thursday, Dec. 7. I went through this three years ago and pray not to have to do so again.

My sincerest thanks for your charity!


( Posted at 10:22 PM, Pacific time )


Jesus Christ a King of Glory has come in Peace. +
God became man, + and the Word was made flesh. +
Christ was born of a Virgin.+
Christ suffered.+
Christ was crucified.+
Christ died.+
Christ rose from the dead.+
Christ ascended into Heaven. +
Christ conquers. +
Christ reigns. +
Christ orders. +

May Christ protect us from all storms and lightning.+
Christ went through their midst in Peace, +
and the Word was made flesh. +
Christ is with us with Mary. +
Flee you enemy spirits because the Lion of the
Generation of Juda, the Root of David, has won. +

Holy God! + Holy Powerful God! + Holy Immortal God! +
Have mercy on us.

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13 comments on “Pray for us!

  1. Prayer for Protection Against Fires [for San Diego and other areas of California currently threatened by wildfires especially Thomas Aquinas College “evacuated as wildfire spreads” (Catholic World News)]

    Almighty and eternal God, we ask Your protection against destroying fire. Fire is so very necessary for our existence, and yet, when it gets out of control, it can be more damaging than anything else. Keep our homes and buildings and woods and fields safe from this scourge. Help us always to be most careful in our use of it. Help us especially in the winter time when need and use it most. For then, if our homes are destroyed by fire, we suffer more than ever.

    Give us, too, we humbly pray You, a saving fear of the fires of passion, and the help of Your grace to control them. Help us also to fear the fires of hell, that we may always keep away from serious sin, and live lives of goodness and virtue, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

    • [Update on Thomas Aquinas College]

      California Catholic College Saved from Wildfire
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      SANTA PAULA, Calif. ( – After a wildfire swept through Southern California, Catholic college students are eager to pass their semester finals.

      The Thomas wildfire, named after the area near Thomas Aquinas College (TAC) — one of the preeminent Catholic liberal arts colleges in the U.S. — began in the area directly behind the college on December 4 in the early evening.

      Nicholas Shaler, a student at TAC, tells Church Militant an unidentified student noticed the fire, alerting students in one of the campus’ recreation areas, exclaiming, “Hey, look outside, there’s a giant fire!”

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      All 360 students successfully evacuated and are staying at the homes of nearby friends and other students who live nearby. Shaler notes that some student left their books behind and are apprehensive about semester finals, which had originally been scheduled for next week. He adds, however, that he is confident faculty will figure out a remedy to the problem.

      Shaler noted that three faculty members and TAC President Michael McLean remained behind on campus to spray the buildings with water. By the time the fire moved south, nobody had been injured and only one building, the mechanic shop, was destroyed. Other buildings bear minimal fire damage.

      TAC announced on its webpage “extensive damage to trees and brush” and that “the danger to the campus seems to have passed.” Roads around the college, however, remain closed and electricity has yet to be restored to the area.

      In October, a three-county wildfire, swept through Northern California, destroying thousands of homes and consuming over 115,000 acres across Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. More than 100 people landed in the hospital — dozens died.

      Catholic apologist Joseph Sciambra barely escaped with his wheelchair-bound father but endured the loss of all his worldly goods.

      Afterward, however, it was discovered the chapel his father built on the family property was miraculously saved from harm while everything else was reduced to ashes.

      The Thomas wildfire is now creeping closer to Los Angeles, forcing authorities to close Highway 405.

      More than 50,000 acres have burned in Southern California, leaving a trail of ash and destruction. The Thomas wildfire has yet to slow down.

      • My family assisted at Holy Mass in that chapel for years. Truly heartbreaking what the Sciambra family, and so many others in that area have endured. May they receive consolation from Our Lord and Lady.

  2. Prayers for The City of Our Lady, Queen of Angels, and for San Diego.

    • [Speaking of Los Angeles]

      In LA, massive Marian procession ahead of Guadalupe feast

      Our Lady of Guadalupe procession and Mass in L.A., led by Archbishop Jose Gomez. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

      Los Angeles, Calif., Dec 5, 2017 / (CNA/EWTN News).- About 30,000 Catholic faithful walked the streets of Los Angeles in a Sunday Morning procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe nine days ahead of her Dec. 12 feast day.

      “We give our hearts to the Virgin of Guadalupe and we ask her to always intercede for us, to hear us and pray for us,” Archbishop José H. Gomez said in his homily at the Dec. 3 Mass concluding the procession.

      He said the Virgin Mary leads the faithful to the purpose of their journey on earth: “the encounter with her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

      “To find God, to find Jesus! This is the beautiful role that Our Mother plays,” Gomez said.

      The procession is the oldest religious procession in Los Angeles. It was established 86 years ago by Mexican Catholics who fled persecution by the Mexican government during the Cristero war.

      This year’s mile-long procession began at the corner of Cesar Chavez Avenue and Ford Street in East Los Angeles. It featured colorful floats, equestrian groups, mariachi performers and indigenous dancers. Floats were judged and awarded prizes for depicting the procession’s theme, “Our Lady of Guadalupe: Encounter with Jesus.”

      Catholic school students escorted an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe – an exact digital production of the original image that now hangs in Mexico’s basilica. The reproduction has been blessed and touched to the original image.

      Among the participants was Rolando Portillo, a parishioner at Our Lady of Solitude Church in east Los Angeles.

      Portillo was given special recognition at the celebration for his support of the community and of an orphanage in Mexico, the archdiocese reports.

      “I thank her every day for watching over us, she is the True Mother, a real protector,” he said. “She brought me back to Jesus Christ when I was an addict running the streets 30 years ago.”

      The procession ended at East Los Angeles College stadium, where Archbishop Gomez celebrated Mass.

      He said in his homily that Our Lady of Guadalupe “guides us always into the presence of her Son, into the new encounter with Jesus Christ.

      “So, today we profess our love for Our Mother. We thank her for her tender love for us – for our children and our families,” Gomez said.

      Lectors at Mass included a survivor of the October Las Vegas shooting and a person who had received protected status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

      Before the Mass, actors re-enacted the miraculous apparition of the Virgin Mary to the indigenous Mexican St. Juan Diego in 1531. The Virgin Mary left her image on his cloak, known as a tilma, and asked him to build a church on a hilltop.

      Many parish communities worked together for the procession. Many participants in the procession wore red and green attire – the colors of Mexico’s flag.

      As a preparation for the procession, the images of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego visited 20 parishes in the Los Angeles archdiocese and the dioceses of Orange and San Bernardino. They visited five detention facilities in the Los Angeles archdiocese and were present for veneration at Santa Clara Cemetery in Oxnard during the Day of the Dead celebrations.

  3. Thank you.

    Fire within miles of my place just broke out in the past hour.

    Very high winds and almost zero humidity make this an extremely dangerous situation.

  4. Prayer’s, Patrick.

  5. My Rosary tonight for you and all of San Diego and Los Angeles.

  6. Thank you, everyone. I am deeply grateful.

    Local winds have calmed considerably in the past hour. They hit over 50 mph earlier and the fire spread to 2000 acres very quickly. Very low humidity is still a dangerous factor.

    “Cal Fire” website has updated info. Near me is the Lilac Fire and near my daughter is the Liberty Fire.

  7. Praying for your safety ! I saw on the news this morning that San Diego is in danger ! It seems that they have good air support for putting down retardant, hopefully that will help and provide adequate barriers to help keep the flames from spreading! Wish you and your family the best ! Stay Safe !

  8. I’m also offering prayers for the victims if the CA wildfires, O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

  9. Again, thank you, my friends.
    Things may remain very uncertain through the weekend. Winds are low today but on Saturday the Santa Anna effect may return here in SD County, restarting everything.
    So far, zero containment on the Lilac Fire nearest me but the Fire Chief mentioned that more manpower and equipment is coming in and he is hopeful to knock the fire down to a more manageable level before the powerful winds resume tomorrow and Sunday.
    Firefighters reportedly made solid progress overnight with the Liberty Fire, the one nearest my daughter. Deo gratias!
    The Cal Fire website provides periodic updates.

    • Still praying.
      The latest from Cal Fire a few hours ago:
      Lilac Fire 4,100 acres and 20% containment with 1,500 structures threatened , 105 destroyed and 15 damaged.
      As far as I can tell Murrieta Fire is handling the info. for the Liberty Fire. The latest info there was from Thursday with 300 acres and 10% containment.

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