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Statement on Colorado wildfires
By Most Rev. James D. Conley, S.T.L., Apostolic Administrator of Denver
Updated June 27, 2012 - The people of Colorado have spent the past several weeks fighting several wildfires, which have burned more than 100,000 acres along the Front Range. Hundreds of families have lost their homes, and thousands of Colorado firefighters are battling the burns.
The fires leave thousands of Coloradans displaced. I pray for all those affected by the fires—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.
Finally, I ask Coloradans to join me in praying for rain.
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.”