BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - "Lord let me be an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred let me sow love." Governor John Bel Edwards says that particular passage from the Prayer of St. Francis really stands out to him.
Edwards, along with Mayor Kip Holden, Police Chief Carl Dabadie, and district attorney Hillar Moore attended mass together Sunday morning at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge.
"Grieving time for our community, we've been hurt by outside influence and we need the community to know that we, as law enforcement leaders, we want peace in our community. That's what we're here for," Moore said.
It's been one week since a gunman shot and killed three law enforcement officers on Airline Highway. Edwards says he wants to foster more discussions in the community about how the city can move forward.
"Get people with differences of opinion to sit down and respectfully talk through these issues," Edwards said. "Not that we're always going to agree upon everything, but if we can just understand one another's viewpoints and be respectful about it, I believe that we have an opportunity to move forward."
Edwards and Baton Rouge Bishop Robert Muench spoke at Mass. Their message focused on peace and unity, a message that resonated with many parishioners.
"The most that I've taken from today's mass, you know, the peace that we need to find within ourselves," said Akili Baruti, who regularly goes to St. Joseph. "I think that will resonate throughout the entire world if we can find peace within ourselves."