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AN EDITOR'S LIFE | Focus on change, not chaos

Teak Phillips

Over the past year, St. Louisans have worked together toward common goals of peace and justice. The journey hasn't been perfect, but one would be hard pressed to declare it moot.

But for a short time Aug. 9 and 10, it was easy to wonder. Nights were eerily similar to those a year ago, when protests devolved into riots.

By most accounts -- certainly by those who know Ferguson and the movement that has grown out of it -- the protests again were essentially hijacked by a small group intent on fighting. Semi-professional trouble-makers, perhaps.

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



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."

A year later, faith shines in Ferguson

Father John O'Brien, left, pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church; and Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, right, led a candle procession from the church to a grotto at the Faith in Ferguson prayer service Aug. 5 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Ferguson.

Appropriately, the final Faith in Ferguson prayer service ended with a procession from Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to its grotto in honor of the parish namesake, Our Lady of Guadalupe — otherwise known as Mary, mother of Jesus Christ and the Roman Catholic Church.

Carrying a candle flickering in the wind, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson led the procession of about 300 souls, also carrying candles, shortly after closing his reflection with a request of the Blessed Virgin.

Editorial | Words of wisdom

"The Church is called to be the house of the Father, with doors always wide open. ... Everyone can share in some way in the life of the Church; everyone can be part of the community."

Pope Francis "The Joy of the Gospel"

Editorial | After a year of healing we pray for peace, future

The days leading to Aug. 9 and the one-year anniversary of "Ferguson" are marked by uncertainty.

Simply, will there be violence, or not?

The hope is for peaceful commemorations of Michael Brown's life and death. The reality is that we just don't know; the racial violence of last summer and fall might be duplicated.

If so, hopefully, not as bad as Ferguson experienced last year, in the two-week siege after Brown's death and then after a St. Louis County grand jury opted not to indict police officer Darren Wilson.

Or maybe not at all.

Fostering hope, prayer and community in Ferguson


With the one-year anniversary of that fateful August day just around the corner, the city of Ferguson put its best foot forward on the last full weekend of July.

The Ferguson Ministerial Alliance, an ecumenical group including Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish, sponsored a "Day of Hope" at Forestwood Park, giving visitors not only free goods, food and services but also an opportunity to pray.

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