The California Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking people of all faiths to join in prayer for God to bring rain.
As stewards of creation we can turn to the divine master asking that he see our plight and give ear to our plea for rain, said the Most Rev. Jaime Soto, bishop of Sacramento and president of the state bishops conference.
Soto offered a simple prayer for Catholics that will be sent to parishes this weekend:
May God open the heavens and let his mercy rain down upon our fields and mountains. Let us especially pray for those most impacted by water shortages and for the wisdom and charity to be good stewards of this precious gift. May our political leaders seek the common good as we learn to care and share Gods gift of water for the good of all.
In a press release, the bishops noted how reliant the state is on its dwindling water resources. Workers in water, outdoor and snow recreation businesses face loss of income and water is vital for food production, power generation, environmental protection and transportation.
The California Catholic Conference is the public advocacy office of the states bishops. It is the official voice of 10 million Catholics.
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