2011 Floods: An open letter to the people of Queensland
On behalf of the Catholic community of Queensland, I offer my continued prayerful support and deepest sympathy to the family and friends of those who have lost their lives in the terrible tragedy of the floods, which have caused such destruction to large areas of our State.
We remember especially those people who are still reported as missing, and those relations and friends who are filled with enormous pain as they wait anxiously for news of their loved ones.
Our prayers are with all those who have been affected by this flood through the loss of their homes, properties and possessions.
The outpouring of love in aid of their recovery is an example of God's Holy Spirit living in their hearts in these moments of darkness. It is a reminder of the goodness and generosity that God plants in all of us.
Catholic parishes and agencies throughout Queensland have and will continue to offer their material and prayerful support to those affected by this disaster.
They join with millions of people throughout Australia and overseas who have offered their support to the victims suffering because of the floods.
I have asked the main agencies of the archdiocese (including education, welfare and parish services) to plan the Church's central response to the recovery in South East Queensland, as similar planning occurs in other dioceses throughout Queensland.
We are determined to do everything we can to assist.
May God bless Anna Bligh, our Premier, for her courage and leadership in this difficult situation.
I also acknowledge the Lord Mayor of Brisbane, Campbell Newman and all of our Queensland mayors who also have shown exceptional leadership in their individual communities stricken by this present crisis.
May the light of Jesus Christ be present in a special way in all of those people who have suffered because of the flood.
May the people of Queensland continue to so magnificently reach out to those in need in the days, months and years to come.
In all of these efforts we also seek the intercession of St Mary MacKillop.
St Mary knew of both the beauty and dangers of life in this great south land of the Holy Spirit. As we rebuild our lives and our communities, may her determined spirit and great example of generosity and compassion, inspire all our efforts for good at this time.
With every best wish and blessing.
Yours sincerely in Christ,
Archbishop John Bathersby
Release by The Catholic Leader
Published January 23, 2011