Spirit and Verse: A Prayer for Gun Reform

June 2, 2022 — Spirit & Verse is a monthly column of original prayer poems composed by Cameron Bellm, a Seattle-based writer and mother of two whose “Prayer for a Pandemic” has gone viral, bringing solace and solace to many struggling during COVID-19.

A prayer for gun reform

When Jesus tells Peter to lay down his sword,

He spoke a simple yet profound truth:

“Those who live by the sword, die by the sword.”

And we die. And die. And die.

There is no safe place in a country

Which swells with an ocean of weapons.

Lord of mercy, prince of peace,

Strengthen the lungs of the living

To cry out for change.

Let our song of lamentation be long and strong,

May its deep roar shake us from complacency,

Until we are free from terror,

Until we can say, and we can see,

That more, more, nothing more will perish.


Previous Spirit & Verse prayer-poems:
A prayer for the Visitation
A prayer to hold and be held by the earth
A prayer for liminal spaces
Answer the Blow: An Advent Prayer
Mary, our mother to all
A prayer for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees
A prayer for peace when the world is on fire
A Prayer for the Ignatian Year
A Prayer for the Month of the Sacred Heart
A prayer for the month of Mary during a pandemic
Prayer of Saint Joseph
A prayer for Ash Wednesday
A prayer for the feast of Epiphany
A Prayer for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe
A prayer for the month of holy souls
A prayer to live “Fratelli Tutti”
Our Lady of Sorrows
A prayer for back to school
A prayer for the feast of Saint Ignatius

Cameron Bellm is a Seattle-based writer of prayers, poetry, and devotions. After completing his Ph.D. in Russian Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, she traded academic life for contemplative life, informed by Ignatian spirituality and Catholic social teaching. She is the author of “A Consoling Embrace: Prayers for a Time of Pandemic” (23rd publication, 2020). Cameron and her husband have two young sons, and thankfully playing with Legos often fuels her spiritual life as much as reading the lectionary. You can find her at cameronbellm.com and on Instagram, @cameronbellm.

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