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As the shock of the earthquake and tsunami that rocked Japan two weeks ago wears off, let us not forget, that for the Japanese, their trial is far from over:

A bereaved family member of a victim of the earthquake and tsunami prays in front of a coffin at a temporary mass grave site in Higashi-Matsushima, in Miyagi prefecture, northern Japan March 24, 2011. (Reuters/Yuriko Nakao)

The Atlantic has more photos from this past week.

Let us continue to pray for our Japanese brothers and sisters.

May our Lady of Akita intercede for us all.

And some bad news via Ed Morrissey.


Many Parishes in the US had a second collection this weekend (and/or last weekend) to aid Catholic Relief efforts in Japan. May the Lord bless all those who are helping relief efforts through donations.