The Cost of Gun Violence in America & Prayer Shaming After The Most Recent Shooting

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California Shootings

“Every social justice movement in the U.S. has had strong supporters from religious communities.”

The US Catholic Bishops agree that gun violence is a life issue. People use guns to kill 33,000 Americans each year and injure over 80,000. The San Bernadino shooting was the 355th mass shooting this year. 336 days, 355 mass shootings. See the charts here: 13 Charts on Gun Violence in America. Mother Jones has the story here: The True Cost of Gun Violence in America. And read Emma Green in The Atlantic: Prayer Shaming After the Most Recent Mass Shooting in San Bernadino. Advent prayers for peace after the jump:

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Brother Christian’s Testament Before His Death at the Hands of Terrorists

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Paris candles

The world is reeling from the mass murder of civilians by Islamic State militants in Paris, France. In light of the terrorism there and elsewhere, Fr. James Martin shares the last testament of the Trappist monk, Dom Christian de Cherge, who anticipated his death at the hands of Islamic extremists. This is what he wrote: Brother Christian’s Testament at His Anticipated Death at the Hands of Terrorists. Prayers for sins of violence here.

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Prayers for a Culture of Life and Peace

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St. Telemachus by Ade Bethune

We recommend the drawing “St. Telemachus Peacemaker” by Ade Bethune. Another video has been released showing the sale and destruction of fetal body parts #AnotherBoy. And another unarmed black man has been fatally shot by a police officer, this time in Cincinnati #BlackLivesMatter. Prayers for a culture of life and peace below:

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Misc: Boston Bombings: Cardinal O’Malley warns of ‘culture of death’

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Cardinal O'Malley

“Obviously as a Catholic I oppose the death penalty.”

The Boston Marathon bomber has been sentenced to death. In this LA Times article, written shortly after the bombing, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, opposed the death penalty, and invited Catholics to help “build a civilization of love.”  Read it here: Boston Bombings: Cardinal O’Malley warns of ‘culture of death.’

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Prayers for Sins of Violence

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In light of the Boston Marathon bombings, prayers for sins of violence, as collected in Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers:

“In the sight of this evil, words fail; in the end, there can only be a dread silence – a silence which is itself a heartfelt cry to God: Why, Lord, did you remain silent? How could you tolerate all this?” – Pope Bendict XVI at Auschwitz

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