Like many of my friends and associate I ticked the Catholic box not quite realising how it would come back to haunt me within months. You see ticking the Catholic box aligns us with a political world view that pits us agaainst the powers of "Empire" endorsed by major parties who we vote for at elections in Australia.
In the calendar of this Jubilee Year of Mercy Pope Francis has named Sunday 6th November, 2016 as the day of Jubilee for Prisoners.
The Australian Catholic Bishops have written to prisoners informing them of this special day of blessings for them and reminding them that throughout our lives we all experience the ‘ups and downs’ of life. We can all stumble and fall but with help we can all commence again.
We would like you to be aware of this special occasion within the Catholic church, but as is the spirit of Pope Francis, this day is one of recognition of all those who are in prison.
We invite all parishioners to join in prayer for all prisoners that they come to know their God’s love, mercy and forgiveness.
May all of us remember the victims of crime and also those victims who became offenders.
We remember also all those who are entrusted with the care of those who are incarcerated, especially our prison Chaplains.