Prayers for Texas and Louisiana

Dear Loyola community,

Our thoughts and prayers go out today to the people of Southeast Texas, who so generously helped New Orleanians during our own time of need, opening their doors to strangers and providing love and assistance when so much seemed impossible.

We ask for their continued safety, protection, courage, and faith. We are grateful for blessings received and pray for safety throughout Texas, Louisiana and our city.

Twelve years ago, a phrase emerged: “Be a New Orleanian, wherever you are.” Found on bumper stickers and T-shirts, the saying came to signify the courage, compassion, inner strength, and resilience – even the joy and laughter - of the people of our city.

Still today, as we commemorate Katrina’s 12th anniversary, the phrase recalls selfless, heroic acts and generosity. It reminds us to share our gifts, to support one another, and to go through life as ‘men and women with and for others.’

In coming days, we will be sharing opportunities for you to get involved and to help. I encourage you to share your gifts and to serve.

In the meantime, stay safe.

With prayers and best wishes,

Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.