The Sisters of Notre Dame of the United States are deeply disturbed by the violence we see around us. Since Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 there have been many school shootings with six shootings so far in 2018. We pray for those who grieve and for those who have fallen. We acknowledge that our prayer is not enough. We will continue to work for structural and cultural change in our country that moves too quickly to violence as an answer to interpersonal issues. This cannot be the new normal. We call upon Congress and state and local officials to enact gun laws that include making assault weapons illegal, ensuring comprehensive background checks on those purchasing guns at tradeshows, online and in stores.
With Daniel Cardinal DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, we pray to our loving and provident God for healing and peace.
“We are deeply saddened by the shootings in Broward County, Florida, and by the needless and tragic loss of life. May the mercy of God comfort the grieving families and sustain the wounded in their healing. Catholics and many other Christians have begun the journey of Lent. I encourage us to unite our prayers and sacrifices for the healing and consolation of all those who have been affected by violence in these last weeks and for a conversion of heart, that our communities and nation will be marked by peace. I pray also for unity in seeking to build toward a society with fewer tragedies caused by senseless gun violence. Our hope is in the Lord, as he promised after his resurrection, ‘behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age’ (Mt. 28:20).”