In the combox on this post, reader Celeste writes;
...people in my neighborhood are hurting. But I'm in California, and some of the worst areas for foreclosures in the country are only about an hour from here. There are foreclosed houses everywhere you look. Two on this block, one on the next, five down the street. Businesses are closing. The grocery store across the street now lights only one light in every three. The State is requiring its employees to take off one day unpaid each month. We are having "brownouts" at local fire stations. They close one fire station in the area for a day, and it rotates. Response times for fires are down, and every once in a while the fire crews will be an engine short. It's not a big thing unless it's your place that needs the fire crew.
I still have a job, for which I am thankful. But since I telecommute, if I can't find a place to live, I will be out of work, too.
So, if you have any spare prayer time, I and my neighbors could use a few.
Will do, Celeste. Prayers on the way.
I know there must be growing numbers of people affected by the bad economy, especially in California, Nevada and Florida, where there are the greatest number of foreclosures.
I can understand why, being located in California, Catholic Answers got so many calls about the housing mess (thanks for the link, Adam. I haven't listened yet, but I will).
The company I work for seems to be weathering things alright. Our downturn happened slowly over the last couple of years. This is a medium-sized company that started from scratch in the owner's basement (here locally) in 1987, I think, and now employs hundreds of people.
They've had to tighten things up to stay in business, and there have been substantial staff cutbacks over the last year or so. I have wondered month-to-month about my own job, but it appears things may be looking up a bit for the company, so who can say?
It will be odd if we are able to grow and prosper through all this. The owners and many of the managers are solid Christian folks who pray openly over their business dealings and invite employees to do the same. I feel blessed to work there.
At any rate, in all circumstances I hope to glorify God... by humble thankfulness in prosperous times, and by offering up my sufferings when things get rough.
Lord, by your Holy Spirit, guide your people through these uncertain times. In a troubled world, grant us your peace.
St. Joseph, intercede on behalf of all those who seek work to secure the necessities of life for themselves and their loved ones.