In a pastoral letter to her diocese, the Bishop of Cuba, Griselda Delgado del Carpio, discusses the recent meteorological events to hit the region.
In recent weeks we have intensely experienced natural and meteorological events of varying magnitude – both in our territory and in other geographical areas of the continent. Prayer has been and is an instrument that strengthens and unites us, and allows us to overcome the harsh experiences during an event, as if it were the later stages of recovery.
In our case, the passage of hurricane Irma through our country and other islands of the Caribbean, as well as the state of Florida, has made us both understand and undergo the devastating danger of phenomena of great proportions, before which we are vulnerable.
There is no doubt that we felt that life was being threatened by the fury of the wind and the flood of waters, experienced the human limit, and it is at this time that our faith is affirmed and exclaimed with the Psalmist – Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. – Psalm 127:1
We give great thanks to all the brothers and sisters from so many different places, communities, churches – friends who have been in prayer continuously day after day and offer us their help, solidarity and support.
We present our gratitude to God, only by His grace have we felt sustained in moments of great darkness. May this certainty accompany and strengthen us at all times. May we continue to help and serve those who are most fragile. That with our little bit of solidarity, we contribute the best we can in the reconstruction – not only materially but also morally, emotionally and spiritually for our people. Let us be grateful to those who are working without pause on the different fronts of action so that we can return to normal. May we humbly understand that we depend only on the love and mercy of God. And to realize that His deep Presence fills every corner of the universe.
I invite you once again to widen the space of our tent-home-heart – that is where God allows us to meet one another today – beside one another, building together for the future.
Finally, I urge you to become aware of the responsibility that we have before the Creation – which has been given to us by God – a gift that we have not known how to care for and protect as we should. Climate change is today already a reality and, without a doubt, so are its devastating effects.
At the beginning of September we made an invitation to begin the liturgical cycle with a Season of Creation. It is an opportunity for the whole community to share and discern the need to change attitudes, thoughts and actions in favour of the Sacred Creation of God, of which we are an integral part.
May the Spirit of God, who is above all, in all and for all, fill you with the knowledge of the presence of God on Earth and the impulse of Christ within each one of you.
A hug, in His Love and His Grace,