On April 2, 2010, Ann Grosmaire died after being shot by her fiance, Conor. Moved by their Catholic faith and inspired by Saint John Paul II's forgiveness of Mehmet Ali Ağca, Ann's parents, Kate and Deacon Andy Grosmaire, felt called to forgive Conor. Together with Conor's parents, the Grosmaires fought to address the crime in a way that allowed their voices to be heard.
Currently, many are living in self-quarantine or attempting some degree of social distancing as we each do our part to help stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Ultimately, there is no way to know just how long we'll be cooped up this way. But we can try to use this time of relative quiet to deepen our knowledge of the injustices in our world — injustices that, even during a global pandemic, will not lessen or fade of their own accord.
Based on the bestselling book of the same name by Bryan Stevenson, the film Just Mercy presents the stunning true story of Walter McMillian, a black man convicted and sentenced to death in Alabama in 1988 for a crime he did not commit. The film illustrates the structural racism endemic to our capital punishment system, and lays bare how this system devalues and cheapens all human life.