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After a Dry 2013, California Bishops Offer Prayers for Rain

The California Catholic Conference of Bishops posted a plea for rain on the Sacramento-based group's website along with sample prayers.

Lake Perris, a key reservoir in dry Riverside County. Photo courtesy California Department of Water Resources.
Lake Perris, a key reservoir in dry Riverside County. Photo courtesy California Department of Water Resources.
With Los Angeles, Riverside and other parts of Southern California reporting the driest year on record, California's Catholic Bishops are asking their congregations to pray for rain.

"Water is essential to who we are as human beings," said Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento and president of the California Catholic Conference of Bishops. "Our reliance on water reveals how much we are part of creation and creation is a part of us."

The bishops conference posted the plea for rain on its website Monday.

Last year the city of Riverside recorded its driest year since record-keeping began in 1893, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Instruments at Riverside Municipal Airport measured only 3.36 inches from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013.

Instruments for downtown Los Angeles/USC measured 3.6 inches for 2013, setting a new record for the driest calendar year in L.A. since locals began collecting data in 1877.

The bishops offer a variety of prayers on their website, including one for the public officials who manage the California's water and snowpack resources:

"May they be granted the wisdom and strength to balance the many needs of people and commerce as we share God’s gift of water among all Californians. For this we pray to the Lord."

The U.S. Drought Monitor currently shows wider swaths of red and brown for California and the West.
Revel18 January 09, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Prayer changes things! Give it a try, see what God will do when his people ask for his help.
Martha L. Bridges January 09, 2014 at 11:21 AM
God gave us all a brain to think with, and we should be using it to address the challenges mankind is facing - most of which are of our own making. The solutions to these many problems are within our reach, we just need to tough it out and do what is necessary, which means changing our wasteful ways and protecting the environment and our natural resources.
Eric January 09, 2014 at 12:33 PM
Martha - So you acknowledge God by your brain comment but deny His ability to actually help us? Again, quite hypocritical... I agree some people are wasteful however I think if we the people of America were to turn from our sinful ways and stop compromising morals for political correctness, He might feel more inclined to bless us with life-giving rain. Just a thought... ;o)
Marjorie Marrale January 09, 2014 at 01:48 PM
Limit the building of tract homes especially with lawns. We need to be much more concerned with water issues. God gave you a brain use it.
wildomar resident January 09, 2014 at 02:01 PM
I think Bob B and bluesguitar both make really good points!

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