There’s nothing quite like doing a short stretch in prison…to sharpen one’s desire to give thanks.
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There were lessons aplenty to be learned during Kairos #13 at Menard this past weekend.
Inside the prison…and out…as it happened.
Daniel desires with all his heart to be free of the cell in which he is today imprisoned. He’s done hard time, more than a decade behind bars. He’s learned his lesson.
Or maybe it’s “lessons.”
I could hear the piston engines – their menacing murmur – long before I actually saw the planes the other evening.
For those in prison…and for those imprisoned by any deadly sins in their lives…we look with hope and expectation toward Jesus, the Key of David…in the fourth O Antiphon that’s prayed during these final days of Advent:
O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!
This is one of the things I find most remarkable about prison ministry: How it brings scripture alive.
It’s been a study in contrasts, to say the least.
Friday evening, I spent immersed in breathtaking beauty. Saturday noon, I stepped into a world distinguished by scallops of razor wire.
Every year on Ash Wednesday, we get reacquainted with the meaty portion of Psalm 51, proclaimed at Mass in response to the first reading.