Michael Corleone: What is the point of confessing if I do not repent?
Cardinal Lamberto: I hear you are a practical man. What have you got to lose, eh?
Godfather 3 1990
As the Police, Black Panthers, National Guard, Governor, President, Activists, Black Leaders et/al have failed to bring peace and calm to Ferguson might I suggest we go in a different direction to end the violence, namely prayer and the intercession vocation of the relevant Saints:
For Police this prayer invoking St. Michael the Archangel their patron (via Catholic Supply):
Saint Michael, heaven’s glorious commissioner of police,
who once so neatly and successfully cleared God’s premises
of all its undesirables, look with kindly and professional
eyes on your earthly force.
Give us cool heads, stout hearts, and uncanny flair for
investigation and wise judgement.
Make us the terror of burglars, the friend of children and
law-abiding citizens, kind to strangers, polite to bores,
strict with law-breakers and impervious to temptations.
You know, Saint Michael, from your own experiences
with the devil that the police officer’s lot on earth is not
always a happy one; but your sense of duty that so
pleased God, your hard knocks that so surprised the
devil, and your angelic self-control give us inspiration.
And when we lay down our night sticks, enroll us in your
heavenly force, where we will be as proud to guard the
throne of God as we have been to guard the city of all
the people. Amen.
For African-American protesters these prayers invoking their patron St. Benedict the Moor via Sunday thoughts:
O God, by whose grace your servant Benedict the Moor, kindled with the flame of your love, became a burning and a shining light in your Church: Grant that we also may be aflame with the spirit of love and discipline, and walk before you as children of light; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen.
and (via the Franciscan Saints calendar)
O God, who didst enrich St. Benedict, Thy confessor, with heavenly gifts, and didst permit him to be distinguished in the Church through miraculous signs and virtues, grant us, we beseech Thee, that through his merits and intercession we may receive Thy benefits. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Finally for the lawyers who are representing all sides as well as those who may prosecute and defend the case St. Thomas More: (Via about.com)
Thomas More, counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr and most human of saints:
Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients’ tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul.
Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain—their good servant, and God’s first. Amen.
While thanks to the sin of pride it is always the instinct of man to act without thought of God one of the best ways of handling any crisis is to invoke God before you undertake to tackle it either through direct prayer, or the intercession of Mary or a relevant patron saint.
I submit and suggest that a few days of these prayers will do a world of good to all concerned.
To those who scoff at such an idea let me ask the practical question: Given nothing else has brought peace, what have you got to lose?