Editorial | In it for the long haul

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led prayers for the "Faith in Ferguson" prayer vigil for peace Nov. 5 at January-Wabash Park in Ferguson.  Priests, deacons, seminarians and religious women and men were among about 150 people who prayed the Rosary and offered a prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots. "We are hear to pray for peace, to acknowledge... we need to turn to the Lord and ask God, with the power He can bring to any situation, to bring about healing," Archbishop Carlson said.  "we want to pray that there is healing... Praying day in and day out is a must."  This was the second of three archdiocesan prayer gatherings for Ferguson.  The next vigil will be Dec. 1.  Andre Cooper was given a Catholic education as a youngster and will "never forget" what the Church has done for him and his family.  He wore a rosary around his neck as he came to January-Wabash park to pray with Catholic religious for peace in Ferguson.  His dog is named Hezekiah.

In the summer of 1947, Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter instructed all pastors in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to end segregation in their parish schools.

It was a decision met with disdain from many white Catholics who organized to oppose it before disbanding after Cardinal Ritter held firm. Cardinal Ritter continued his efforts for equality, including a letter in 1965 calling clergy to dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to the civil rights struggle.

Editorial | Service to Church has no glass ceiling

 Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, has been named Patron of the Knights of Malta

When it was announced Nov. 8 that Cardinal Raymond Burke would be transferred from the office of prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura to Patron of the Knights of Malta, some media reports suggested that he had been prematurely dismissed and demoted.

Editorial | Instruments of peace

We are called to be instruments of peace through our words and actions in all circumstances.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson made that point clear in discussing the turmoil and tragedy the St. Louis community has experienced following unrest in Ferguson after the fatal officer-involved shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Archbishop Carlson noted the strength found in the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, "Lord, make me an instrument of your peace."

Editorial | Make a difference for vocations

The number three is critical in making a difference in the life of someone contemplating a vocation. When three or more people encourage someone to consider a religious vocation, he or she is five times more likely to take serious steps toward answering that call.
Being alone in considering a vocation is tough. Even having one other person giving encouragement results in a doubling of the likelihood that someone will consider a vocation.


Editorial | Tackling hunger everywhere

Pope Francis calls for an overhaul of the framework of aid policies and food production. Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines ties poverty-focused international assistance to building peace and prosperity in the world.

EDITORIAL | Breaking barriers

At a general audience last year, Pope Francis said that brotherly love doesn't reign in the world. Our communities, neighborhoods, workplaces and homes often are fueled by jealousy, envy and anger.

"We must ask the Lord to help us understand his law of love," he said. "How good, how beautiful it would be if we loved one another as real brothers and sisters?"

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