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ExCons need Christian charity for conversion, new life

chained prisoner Goya.jpgPrograms for prisoner reentry into society is crucial in keeping people clean, working, and being a good citizens. “Do-good-ing” is not a Catholic principle. We have plenty of good people doing good all the time. In fact, my heart is really moved by those who don’t have a faith tradition to call their own and are motivated to act charitably toward those in need. Living a life of virtue and prayer are Catholic ways of proceeding. Showing mercy is what we are called to live in concrete ways. Helping the excon get on his or her feet again and walking with them is Jesus-inspired act.

Faith-based community projects, church-based communities of faith, Catholic groups like the Order of Malta and Catholic dioceses are among those who are doing good work to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. Faith-based communities have compassion as part of their mission and many are facing compassion fatigue. Money and red-tape are real obstacles to living the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy.
“… I was in prison and visited me” (Matthew 25:36)

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The Pope meets 8 victims of sexual abuse in Malta: a profound experience

The prominent Italian newspaper, Corriere della Sera, published a beautiful quote of Lawrence Grech, a victim of sexual abuse, who met with Pope Benedict during his pastoral visit to Malta Saturday and Sunday and had a profound experience. Mr. Grech said that he felt liberated, that a great stone lifted after speaking with Benedict. Grech went on to say that after this encounter he was a more convinced Catholic and that this was “the greatest gift after the birth of my daughter.”

Italy’s other news agency, La Stampa, reported the story.
Will this quote show up in the American press?

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement, and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.
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