- Monday, 28 March 2011 16:08
“all of us are sinners. We need mercy and healing that only Jesus can give,” Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan told prisoners today at the Arthur Kill correctional facility on Staten Island, NY. The Archbishop offered the Sacrifice of the Mass for about 75 prisoners and others. The story is here.
- Monday, 21 February 2011 11:04
Programs 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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