Prayer

On a Journey of hope and faith

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When Marie Uwamahoro was 7, her family fled the civil war in the Central African Republic.

She loved her former home, but being so young, the adjustment to life in the United States was easier than it was for her parents. Now a sophomore at Notre Dame High School in Lemay, Marie likes the opportunities St. Louis offers and the diversity of the city. She's planning to attend college, perhaps becoming a nurse.

Christian Unity Week service to stress reconciliation

Reconciliation, especially focusing on the 500th anniversary of the beginnings of the Reformation, will be stressed during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, celebrated this year from Jan. 18-25.

The week will be highlighted on Sunday, Jan. 22, with an ecumenical prayer service and reception at 7 p.m. at St. Justin Martyr Church, 11910 Eddie and Park Road in Sunset Hills. Rev. Michael Malone, Lutheran ecumenical officer, will preach. Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will preside.

Churches serve as link to support for police officers

Tom Niebling of St. Raphael the Archangel Parish joined the procession to support police Nov. 21 in south St. Louis. “There’s been so much hatred against police, we’ve got to show them some support,” Niebling said.

The signs outside two neighboring parish churches in south St. Louis expressed the sentiment amplified by hundreds of people who marched along the streets linking the two.

At St. Gabriel Church, the illuminated sign read "Pray of our First Responders." At St. Joan of Arc Church, "Thank You, Officers" was the message of the day.

Day of prayer aims to begin restoring peace to U.S. communities

Deacon Willard Witherspoon, front, Archbishop William E. Lori, Bishop Denis J. Madden and community activist Ray Kelly, lead the Prayer Walk for Peace along N. Carey St., in West Baltimore Sept. 9.

WASHINGTON — Prayers for peace at Catholic schools and parishes around the country Sept. 9 are meant to "build relationships and plant seeds in people's minds and hearts" said Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana.

Taking steps toward forgiveness in Ferguson on anniversary of Michael Brown's death

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Forgiveness.

Such a simple word, a mere 11 letters but at the heart of our Catholic faith. The words love, peace and justice also form our lives in service to our fellow man.

"Jesus tells us that if we receive Him as the Bread of Life, we will have His life within us," Archbishop Robert J. Carlson said in his homily at the Mass for Peace and Justice Aug. 9 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. "He shows what this life means on the Cross, when He forgives those who killed Him."

Spiritual motherhood for priests: a 'vocation within a vocation'

Gloria del Rosario participated in a commitment ceremony for the Apostolate of Spiritual Motherhood for the Sanctification of Priests June 27 at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Brentwood. At this Mass, women committed publicly for the first time to the vocation of spiritual motherhood of priests. Father Christopher Martin, vocations director for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, presided over the event.

When Joanie Hasser's daughter invited her to attend Eucharistic adoration, Hasser didn't know it was the beginning of her journey to discovering what she calls her "vocation within a vocation" to be the spiritual mother of priests. At adoration, which she began attending daily, Hasser started to meet seminarians. Each time she met one of these young men, she promised him she would pray for him.

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