"Violence destroys lives and property and can reverse years of human progress. It breeds despair, more violence and undermines human security. A relationship exists between material and moral poverty. Moral poverty that fails to respect human dignity contributes to material poverty. Greed, corruption, and materialism undermine the common good of all."
(adapted from Bishop Hubbard's letter on Global poverty)
The USCCB created a framework for a call to action on confronting a culture of violence. Our families are torn by violence. Our communities are destroyed by violence. Our faith is tested by violence. We have an obligation to respond. Click here for the framework.
"What we believe, where we are, and how we live out our faith can make a great difference in the struggle against violence. We see the loss of lives. We serve the victims. We feel the fear. We must confront this growing culture of violence with a commitment to life, a vision of hope and a call to action." (Confronting a Culture of Violence: A Catholic Framework for Action,1994 Pastoral Message of the U.S. Catholic Bishops).
Peace Prayer of St. Francis
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where the is injury, pardon;
Where there doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not
So much seek to be consoled as to console;
To be understood as to understand;
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
And it is in dying that we are born to
From USCCB website: In the face of senseless violence, we are called to prayer to help us express our sorrow for its victims and our hope for their eternal life.
I. Lord god, you are attentive to the voice of our pleading. Let us find in your Son comfort in our sadness, certainty in our doubt, and courage to live through this hour. Make our faith strong through Christ out Lord, Amen.
II. Lord, ______________ is gone now from this earthly dwelling, and has left behind those who mourn his/her absence. Grant that we may hold his/her memory dear, never bitter for what we have lost nor in regret for the past, but always in hope of the eternal Kingdom where you will bring us together again. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
III. Eternal Father through the intercession of Mary, who bore your Son and stood by the cross as he died, grant to these parents in their grief the assistance of her presence, the comfort of her faith, and the reward of her prayers. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
IV. Lord God, source and destiny of our lives, in our loving providence you gave us __________to grow in wisdom, age, and grace. Now you have called him/her to yourself. We grieve over the loss of one so young, and struggle to understand your purpose. Draw him/her to yourself and give him/her full stature in Christ. May he/she stand with all the angels and saints, who know your love and praise your saving will. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen