Letters to the editor

Prayers for family

"Forgiveness in Ferguson" documents the spiritual efforts for healing; the spiritual battle for the soul of our community. I just saw the movie "Straight Outta Compton." It is close to being a documentary. "Outta Compton" is about the guys who got out. Ferguson is about those who did not. I worked in North Long Beach, 5 miles from Compton. I flew into LAX the night of the Rodney King riot; saw the fires burning below. LAX was a ghost town. For me, seeing the movie was a bit of nostalgia. A very rough but very honest movie; do not take the family. There is a lot of brotherhood, some motherhood, virtually no fatherhood or family-hood. The "hood" was a war zone. We were the only "old" white people there. We needed to see it to help us try to understand Ferguson. All our families are immersed in some form of spiritual warfare. The most important thing I will do during the rest of my life is to pray for my family. God has called fathers to be the protectors of the family.

Ted Naegel, Ascension Parish, Chesterfield

Inspiration

The testimony offered by the lives of the two women pictured on last week's cover -- Sister Antona Ebo and Marie Kenyon -- lends such immense credibility to our Church. More than any statement or sermon, their enduring commitment to a faith that does justice has been inspiring for so many, for so long. How great to have them on page one.

Thomas M. Nolan, Sts. Teresa and Bridget Parish, St. Louis

Why forgiveness?

I read the story on "Taking steps toward forgiveness in Ferguson" and I have a few questions:

Who is asking for "forgiveness"?

Who is to grant it?

Most importantly, what is being "forgiven"?

Are you claiming that some some nebulous, undefined "systemic racism" on the part of white people caused Michael Brown to smoke dope, bully an immigrant store clerk, rob a convenience store, punch a cop, attempt to steal the cop's gun, resist arrest, and get shot?

Forgive me, but I'm not buying it.

Craig Niehaus, Mary Queen of Peace Parish

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