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Prayer for our World

By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

On Sunday, I woke up remembering those gathered on the bridge in Cleveland to show the power of love – a force against any violence that may unfold during this week’s Republican National Convention.

And I was reminded of our desire to bring peace and compassion to the world.

This week, as we remember the violence and grief that have struck our world once again …

  • Fatal police shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana
  • Fatal shootings of police officers in Dallas,
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Is St. Louis safe?

 

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

St. Louis, home of the iconic Gateway Arch and world-famous St. Louis Cardinals, often ranks as one of the most dangerous U.S. cities on ubiquitous lists that try to make sense of violent crime per capita. The lists have their critics, who argue that the process is flawed and would reach a more accurate – and safe – conclusion if list-makers surveyed the entire metropolitan area.

I live in St. Louis and do care about safety, but I am not afraid and don’t feel surrounded by violence.

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14 years later: September 11th

New York Twin Towers, pre 9/11, images from freeimages.com

September 11 always evokes powerful memories in the lives of those of us in the United States. Who can forget the images of buildings being destroyed out of hatred and vengeance? Who can forget the silent skies over us in the next days as planes were grounded and the country grappled with the horror of terrorism. But September 11 was also a day of great heroism, a day when so many people put aside their differences and rushed to help each other, often at great risk to themselves. There was an outpouring of care and compassion,

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Baltimore, Nepal, and Standing Witness

by Sr. Sara Dwyer, ASC

This has been a week of human violence and extreme natural disasters, not only in Baltimore and Nepal, but in so many cities and countries. During this Easter season, as believers in the Risen One, we are called to pray and witness to New Life. Hope is the defining virtue, that during these painful and dark situations, gives us hearts, hands and minds to believe in new life, a better day.

Baltimore, from freeimages.com

Though we are not “in” those areas, we are feeling their suffering. Let us,