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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.

An Advent Prayer for peace:
Above the clamor of our violence
your word of truth resounds,
O God of majesty and power.
Over nations enshrouded in despair
your justice dawns.
Grant your household a discerning spirit and a watchful eye
to perceive the hour in which we live.
Hasten the advent of that day
when the weapons of war shall be banished,
our deeds of darkness cast off,
and all your scattered children gathered into one.
We ask this through him whose coming is certain,
whose day draws near:
your Son, our Lord jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.