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Dear St. Anthony…

Please find us some rain!

Just treading water here in smoking hot Rome today with my 2 insane toddlers making me question my mental competence, but I thought I’d throw out a plea for prayers.

My family’s home – the house I grew up in, the house that is currently holding 4 out of 7 siblings for summer break plus Mom and Dad – is under serious threat from the Black Forest Fire, burning uncontained and out of control in Colorado right now. So far they’re only under pre-evacuation orders, but my parents are packed and ready to move should the order come. We are praying it won’t.

Please also pray for the 360 families who have already lost their homes in the past 24 hours. This is the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, and it is raging in the most bizarre and frightening conditions: single-digit humidity, temperatures approaching triple digits, and lightening strikes unaccompanied by any rain. It’s awful. And we’re supposed to be home in less than 6 days. Praying fervently that we have a home to go back to.

St. Anthony, St. Florian, pray for us! And protect the brave firefighters battling to save countless more homes – and lives.

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