Abraham Joshua Heschel, "A Prayer for Peace," 1971 from Abraham Joshua Heschel, Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1996), p. 231.
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O Lord, we confess our sins, we are ashamed of the inadequacy of our anguish, of how faint and slight is our mercy. We are a generation that has lost its capacity for outrage. We must continue to remind ourselves that in a free society all are involved in what some are doing. Some are guilty, all are responsible.
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Suggested Discussion Questions:

1. In what ways have we lost our capacity for outrage?

2. How are we responsible, as Heschel asserts?

3. What kind of mercy would Heschel like to see?

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Time Period: Contemporary (The Yom Kippur War until the present-day)