Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who are victims of Hurricane Maria and the earthquake in Mexico. We stand in prayerful solidarity with those who have died and their families, and with so many who have lost homes and whose lives have been forever changed by these natural disasters. In a special way the people of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, and the people of the Mexico City and surrounding regions, are in our hearts as they face tremendous suffering in the wake of the hurricane and earthquake. May God draw close to all those in need; may you find peace and strength in God’s love; and may hope fill your hearts with the compassionate outreach of so many good people who want to help. Please consider making donations to the American Red Cross, the Catholic Charities USA, and to other relief agencies. We pray for the safety of the first responders, the police and firefighters, the national guard and other military personnel, and so many good citizens who are working at those sites to provide support and assistance. May God be with you.