Archbishop Robert Carlson Calls for Peace in St. Louis
ST. LOUIS – Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, released the following statement in response to the verdict of Judge Timothy Wilson:
If we want peace and justice, we must come together as a community through prayer, mutual understanding, and forgiveness. While acknowledging the hurt and anger, we must not fuel the fires of hatred and division. We must ask God for peace in our own hearts and share it with those around us. Violence does not lead to peace and justice – they are opposing forces and cannot coexist. I implore each of you to choose peace! Reject the false and empty hope that violence will solve problems. Violence only creates more violence. We must work together for a better, stronger, safer community, one founded upon respect for each other, and one in which we see our neighbor as another self.
Pope Francis is calling us to share a journey with our neighbors this Advent, especially migrants, immigrants and refugees. Share the Journey is a collaboration of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Catholic Relief Services and Catholic Charities USA. Their Advent Toolkit offers a beautiful prayer.