5th Tuesday of Lent

Brother against brother.


civil war flags150 years ago Americans took up arms against one another and began one of the darkest periods in our history; the Civil War.  A strange name, really.  What could be less civil than a conflict that divides a country.

Here in Missouri the war was particularly uncivil as the state was divided between northern and southern sympathizers. Remnants of the division still exist today.  Our city police department is under control of the state government because, during the war, Saint Louis was a Union city in a Confederate state.  The governor didn’t want Saint Louis police to be used in support of the northern cause and passed a law taking control of our local force.  That arrangement still exists today.

But, I digress.

There have always been divisions in society and I’m not sure that this nation isn’t more divided today than it was in 1861.  Thanks be to God, we haven’t taken up arms against one another (yet).

The answers to our troubles, in the 19th century and the 21st, lies with one person.  Or should I say three persons?  With God, nothing is impossible.  We Catholics must take the lead in prayer.  We can be an example for others of what it takes to put the ship of state back on course.

If you aren’t already, please include peace within our borders in your daily prayers.  The last thing we want to see is another “civil” war.


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