Forgiveness at heart of healing after Ferguson violence, says archbishop

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August 10, 2015

St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson greets Ophelia Wilson Court following a Mass for peace and justice Aug. 9 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. With a crowd topping 600, the Mass commemorated the first anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an African-American teen, in a confrontation with a white police officer. (CNS photo/Weston Kenney, St. Louis Review) See FERGUSON-MASS Aug. 10, 2015.

St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson greets Ophelia Wilson Court following a Mass for peace and justice Aug. 9 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. With a crowd topping 600, the Mass commemorated the first anniversary of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an African-American teen, in a confrontation with a white police officer. (CNS photo/Weston Kenney, St. Louis Review)

ST. LOUIS (CNS) — Forgiveness.

Such a simple word, a mere 11 letters but it’s at the heart of the Catholic faith, along with love, peace and justice.

“Jesus tells us that if we receive him as the bread of life, we will have his life within us,” Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis said in his homily at a 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.”

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