Today, we celebrate National SAFE Day. It is a day that aims to promote gun safety, especially in the United States where one in three households own a gun. The day also aims to prevent gun-related violence or untoward gun-related incidents.
National SAFE Day aims to raise awareness about the consequences of guns and improper storage of these firearms. Innocent children can chance upon unkept guns and cause accidental shooting— just like what happened to 13-year-old Brooklynn Mae Mohler in 2015. (Read: 3 Things We Can Learn From Martin Luther King Jr.)
My Pope Philippines is one with organizations that raise awareness on responsible gun ownership and preventing gun-related violence. Here is a short prayer.
A Prayer To End Gun Violence
God, our hearts are broken with pain at the senseless deaths caused by gun violence. Families mourn, children live in fear, and some in our nation respond by arming themselves with more guns with greater capacity to end life.
Our disconnection and alienation have caused some to turn to guns for protection and safety. We ask that you touch our hearts with your love, heal our brokenness, and turn us away from violence toward peace.
Help us to transform our own hearts and to seek peaceful ways of resolving our differences. Let our hands reach out and connect with those who feel alone, those who live in fear, and those suffering from mental illness.
Let our voices be raised asking our legislators to enact gun laws to protect all in our society, especially those most vulnerable. Let our pens write messages demanding change while also scripting words of hope and transformation.
We ask this in the name of the God who desires that we live together in peace. Amen.
Prayer from sistersofmercy.org.