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Statement on the High Park Fire
By Most Rev. James D. Conley, S.T.L., Apostolic Administrator of Denver
June 20, 2012 - The people of Northern Colorado have spent the past 11 days fighting the High Park Fire, which is burning nearly 60,000 acres in the Fort Collins area. Hundreds of families have lost their homes, and more than 1,700 Colorado firefighters are battling the blaze. The fire leaves thousands of Coloradans displaced. I pray for all those affected by the fire—for those who have lost homes and property, and for those who heroically battle the blaze. I ask all Coloradans to join me in prayer.
The fire is a call to live in solidarity with one another—to shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, and feed the poor in our very state. I pray that Coloradans will be generous in their response to those whose lives have been dramatically altered by the fire. I pray also that the fire will be a call, to each of us, to use the resources of our state as responsible and prudent stewards.
As we encounter the fragility of our plans, and the unpredictability of our lives, I pray we may encounter the steadfast love of the living God. “The Lord,” says the Psalmist, “is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress.”