How to Talk to Teens About The Vegas Shooting


May the Peace of Christ be with you… be with us all! 

We have entered October in tragedy – the largest mass shooting in the history of the United States.  Thousands gathered at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada and became victims of a night of horror.  We mourn and pray for all those murdered and injured.  And we seek to do all we can to help those with whom we serve to make sense of a senseless act.

This topic WILL come up with your teens, so we’ve pulled together some resources to help you have those hard conversations.








In 2 days, we celebrate the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, and, while filled with sorrow, our thought turn to prayer, and a prayer from St. Francis, himself…

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
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 eternal life.

D. Scott Miller

D. Scott Miller is the dean of Catholic Youth Ministry bloggers which is a polite way of either saying that he is just plain old or has been blogging for a long time (since 2004.)

Scott recently married the lovely Anne and together they have five adult young people and also grandparent three delightful kids (so, maybe he is just plain old!) Scott presently serves at Saint John the Evangelist in Columbia, MD as the director of youth and young adult ministry.

He has previously served on the parish, regional, diocesan, and national levels as well as having taught within a catholic high school. He is one of the founders of RebuildMyChurch and has returned to posting regularly (keeping regular is important to old guys) at ProjectYM.

Questions or Comments?

Join the conversation about How to Talk to Teens About The Vegas Shooting over in our Facebook group. GO THERE NOW