Our hearts break for the families and friends of the shooting victims in Uvalde, Texas — young children and their teachers trapped in a classroom, a place of play and learning — and we hold them close in prayer. As a network of agencies that ministers to the most vulnerable among us, it is the mission of Catholic Charities to reduce suffering as we are able.
But we know that faith without works is dead, and prayer without action will not bind the wounds of those who suffer. Along with countless Catholic voices, we join the call to our elected officials to take concrete action to help prevent the scourge of gun violence in this country. As faithful people of goodwill, we can and must do more to protect our sisters and brothers.