God is Calling

Thomasina Clarke, left, conducted an audition with Patrice Mari for the play “Growing up Catholic: What’s Race Got To Do With It?” The audition was held at St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Church and the play will be performed Oct. 14 and 15 at St. Louis University.

After the death of Michael Brown in 2014, shot in a confrontation with a police officer, Josh Meister had an awakening.

"The situation opened my eyes to the fact that there's still a lot of racial tension and I didn't really realize it," Meister said.

Fast forward three years to the not guilty verdict of former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley — a white officer charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death in 2011 of Anthony Lamar Smith, a known drug dealer who was black. Meister realized it was time to put his faith into action.

Peace and Justice commissioners get their hands dirty

After vandalism a few weeks ago at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, the Peace & Justice Commission considered putting out a statement in support of the archdiocese's Jewish brethren.

But just a statement seemed inadequate on top of the commission's other statements — on a variety of issues — over the past 18 months, since being officially commissioned by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson in August 2015.

Plus, the archbishop had called Catholic St. Louisans to action after the vandalism, to not only help clean up the historic cemetery but tangibly demonstrate support for the Jewish community.

Coalitions seeks mercy for 15 women incarcerated in state prisons

At 18 years old, Stacey Lannert was arrested and jailed. In 2009, after she served nearly two decades in prison, Gov. Matt Blunt commuted Lannert's life sentence after an "exhaustive review of the evidence" in which he determined that Lannert had suffered extensive abuse by her father, Thomas Lannert.

Stacey had shot and killed her father. She confessed to a police lieutenant, who later was instrumental in her release. ABC News covered her story for seven years after the crime, calling it a "long-running horror story" involving Stacey and her younger sister.

MAN OF THE HOUSE | Praying for peace and love in an adversarial world

Mike Eisenbath

When I was a child, my parents never fought in front of me. But on those extremely rare nights when I heard their disagreements through my bedroom wall, I found myself overcome with fear that they were headed for a divorce. I couldn't sleep. I prayed a lot. My heart hurt.

As I got older, I grew uncomfortable with arguments, especially those involving antagonism and anger. I don't mind a genuinely healthy, constructive debate; I do find my mind shutting down and anxiety setting in as soon as any dispute sinks into name-calling and attacking.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Justice: Giving others their due

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson

The simple definition of justice is: giving another their due (what belongs to them).

On a simple level that means if you borrow something from someone you have to give it back. On a deeper level it means giving each person the respect that is due to their human dignity. On the deepest level it means giving God our very selves -- heart and mind and soul and strength.

FAITH AND CULTURE | Up the justice mountain with Christ

It's difficult to deny that we live in a culture obsessed with dieting and exercising. It's easy for us to see how saturated our culture is with exercise and diet programs promising us all kinds of weight-loss achievement.
We have learned how to best engage these health-management programs to maximize our desired outcome. Most people who diet and exercise achieve greater results when they set before them a regiment that is tempered with daily discipline.

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