Observations from Ferguson

Monday night, we, along with three other Jesuits currently studying at St. Louis University, went to Ferguson to be present with the community there for the press conference where we learned that Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing Michael Brown. Much has happened very quickly in the last 24 hours and we have been asked to share our experience.

Prayer for an End to Violence, War and Death

We pray for an end to violence, war and death. Grant us this, peaceful God. Grant us a peaceful world.

How do we teach our children peace in the midst of so much violence?

Knowing all of this, how do we teach our children peace amid all of this violence? The answer may be right in front of us and actually quite challenging. We must be people of peace ourselves. For some this call to action could be rooted in the model of Christ, for others in Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., or Dorothy Day, to name just a few. Our everyday actions with our children will need to be analyzed for the messages they send about how to treat others, even those who harm us.