Archbishop Carlson provides a pastoral presence in Ferguson

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Archbishop Robert J. Carlson visited with the St. Louis City police Central Patrol Division on Nov. 24 to meet and pray with them before the announcement of the St. Louis County Grand Jury decision whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

At 8:26 p.m. Nov. 24, the word came down.

No indictment for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

News of the St. Louis County grand jury's "no true bill" spread quickly throughout the world. Twitter was ablaze in the figurative sense, and Ferguson soon joined it in the literal sense. Vandals rioted, looted and burned multiple businesses.

Editorial | As the smoke clears

It's time to step back, take a deep breath and let the smoke -- literally in Ferguson -- clear.

Our next move is to work for unity.

Our community is numbed and divided following what unfolded after the announcement that a St. Louis County grand jury opted to not indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of an unarmed African-American teen.

'What must we do as people of faith?' | We must reject violence and pray for peace, Archbishop Carlson says

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated a votive Mass for Peace and Justice Nov. 25 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

At a votive Mass for Peace and Justice Nov. 25 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson noted the importance of this time in the Church calendar: the end of liturgical year this week, and the beginning of Advent this Sunday.

Advent leads to Christmas, the annual celebration of Jesus Christ's birth in a manger in Bethlehem.

Ferguson prayer procession takes a humble route

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish led a peace walk through Ferguson Nov. 2. Members of 10 local churches sang hymns as they walked to city hall. Not knowing each other, but seeing that he needed a little assistance in walking, Walter Bland III, right, took the arm of Russ Watts to steady him as they processed through the streets.Image

On the morning of Nov. 2, it seemed as if the short prayer procession from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to Ferguson City Hall might not come off at all.

Concern had been expressed that the event, simply titled "Lean-In Prayer Procession," might be perceived as yet another in a long line of protests -- sometimes violent -- in Ferguson since the shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

Community residents are weary of those.

Using education to overturn effects of racism

The name instantly sets the organization apart.

African American Male Scholars.

"Scholars" is the operative word, representing members of this St. Louis University group. The words "African, American and male" merely serve as adjectives.

First and foremost, they're scholars, pursing bachelor's degrees at SLU. Perhaps they're the first in their families to attend college; or perhaps they're following in the footsteps of college-educated family members. Either way, they've probably dealt with what Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has called "systemic racism" in our society.

Prayerful events in Ferguson cite peace, justice

Prayer is the simplest and easiest thing for a person to do.

If the prayer is a Rosary to Our Lady, rosary beads are the only thing necessary, though the digits of hands or feet work just as well. Otherwise, you need nothing.

To pray, you may kneel, stand, sit or lay on your back or front, whatever pose you're in. You make the Sign of the Cross, pray an Our Father, Hail Mary or whatever is on your heart, make another Sign of the Cross, and you're done.

The act of prayer is simple; the results can be profound.

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