Second Annual Three Days of Prayer for the People of Haiti
June 25-27, 2023
Dear Friends of the Little Sisters of the Incarnation in Haiti,
Another year has passed and we are still unable to visit our dear Sisters and friends in Haiti. The political unrest and violence continues to plague every aspect of Haitian life. There is little being reported through the media and thus very little attention is being given to the people of Haiti struggling to exist amidst the destructive forces that they face each day. The situation has forced us to curtail visits not only for our own safety, but for that of the sisters who would be targeted by those who are inflicting violence to wield power.
The Sisters of the Carmelite Community of the Word invite you to join us in prayer for the people of Haiti. Pope Francis’ exhortation to live a ministry of accompaniment takes the metaphor of “walking alongside” to mean a commitment to be present and bear witness to the struggle for fair treatment. And this is the challenge we face today, when our “Hands & Hearts Haiti Ministry” needs to be more heart than hands. We found great joy and satisfaction in using our hands to pack goods for Haiti, to sew clothing for Haiti’s poor, to collect food and medical and school supplies to send to the Little Sisters. Unfortunately, today it is impossible to send any needed goods to Haiti without it being intercepted by those who would utilize these materials for their own profit.
Even though our “hands” cannot physically reach out and assist our friends, our hearts have no borders. We can accompany them by lifting our hearts in prayer that will reach out to them with God’s love. This is what we invite you to do together with us in a special way during the days of preparation for the patronal feast of Haiti, Our Mother of Perpetual Help.
The feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help has a special connotation for the Haitian people. It is a celebration in which the Haitian people thank God for the intercession of Our Mother of Perpetual Help and seeks Her help to save Haiti as she did in 1882. In all the challenges facing the people of Haiti, the Christian from Haiti recalls the powerful intercession of Mother of Perpetual Help and always resorts to her with much faith and trust. We entrust her with our prayers and rely on her to intercede with God for the people of Haiti. Where we are unable to find the way to relieve their suffering, we believe that faith in God’s love for the poor will prevail against all the forces of evil that defy human intervention.
If you would like more information about what is happening in Haiti a recent online article by UN Humanitarian will give a clear picture of the plight of the ordinary person in Haiti: “This is not a country where you can dream.” The article describes the situation in Haiti with first hand experiences and art. https://unocha.exposure.co/this-is-not-a-country-where-you-can-dream
Prayer to Our Mother of Perpetual Help Patroness of Haiti
Mother of Perpetual Help, today we face so many difficulties. Your picture tells us so much about you. It reminds us to reach out and help those in need. Help us understand that our lives belong to others as much as they belong to us.
Mary, Model of Christian love, we know we cannot heal every ill or solve every problem. But with God’s grace, we intend to do what we can. May we be true witnesses to the world that love for one another really matters. May our daily actions proclaim how fully our lives are modeled after yours, Mother of Perpetual Help.
We come to you today as your loving children. Watch over the people of Haiti and in a special way place your mantle over the Little Sisters and Brothers of the Incarnation. As you held the child Jesus in your loving arms, so take them in your arms. Be a mother ready at every moment to help them. For God who is mighty has done great things for you. Intercede for them, dear Mother. We ask you for aid, protection and restoration of human dignity in Haiti. We pray for relief from the suffering that continues to plague this country dedicated to your patronage.
Prayer Intention for June 25
Pray for the relief of the suffering due to disease, lack of food, lack of clean water, unsafe and dangerous housing, inability to access education for children and lack of meaningful employment.
Prayer Intention for June 26
Pray for those who endure physical violence, kidnaping and torture; for those whose homes have been taken through gang warfare, for those who grieve the loss of loved ones and daily fear for their own lives, for the children who are exposed to violence as a daily fact of life.
Prayer Intention for June 27
Pray for the establishment of a government in Haiti that values and respects the lives of its citizens; that governments of the world devote the necessary resources to provide meaningful aid to the people of Haiti while honoring their rights; that peace be restored to the country and that the lives of the people of Haiti be restored to a just dignity as God’s children.
Free copies (1-10)of the Prayer to Mother of Perpetual Help are available for distribution on request by writing to communityofficeCCW@gmail.com. Bulk copies are available for the cost of postage. Please include address and email.