As a nation we are once again horrified by the violent actions that took place in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, over the past weekend. As Lasallians, we will continue to hold all in our prayers, but also as Lasallians we are called to action on behalf of peace with justice.
“‘Following the most recent mass shootings, in which 22 people were killed in El Paso, Texas, allegedly by a white supremacist targeting Hispanics, and in a separate incident in Dayton, Ohio, where nine more people were killed, Catholics are being urged by church leaders “to pray and raise their voices for needed changes to our national policy and national culture.’ That is from an Aug. 4 statement from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Bishop Frank Dewane, who heads the U.S.C.C.B. committee on domestic justice.” (America Magazine)
As we consider the right that children have to live in safety, we must continue to be aware of the scores of similar senseless acts of violence that occur in our cities and communities every day. We must work for a just society for all. Given the current reality, one specific action that you can take is to contact your Senators and ask them to support universal background checks.
Associate Executive Director – Office for Mission & Ministry