CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Saturday, 18 May 2019

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Good things behind bars

 

HONG KONG (SE): Life behind prison bars is a mystery to many people, as they have never sat on either side of the grills that separate the free from the confined.

However, the thousands who have done time and the many more thousands from their families who visit or correspond with them know of a grim reality of darkness and soul searching that seldom sees the light of day.

The men and women of the prison chaplaincy services patiently listen to the stories of those who have been convicted and have a heightened awareness of their needs, hopes, frustrations and aspirations.

Apart from lending a listening ear and a hand of care, the chaplains offer services in both human and religious development, which is highly appreciated by many who have transgressed the law in their past.

Christopher is of Indian nationality. He is doing life in Stanley Prison. He responded with enthusiasm to a suggestion from a deacon attached to the chaplaincy team, Reverend Peter Lo Wu-lui, to begin a regular religious discussion gathering.

Christopher writes:

 

Warm greetings to you!! I pray this letter reaches you in good health and high spirits. It has been a while since we have heard from each other. I do miss your presence, your wise and encouraging words and, most of all, I really miss the bright smile on your face that helps us to see something so beautiful within us—that is peace and joy.

I was informed that our longing for a regular meeting and bible study fellowship is being answered. Words cannot express my joy upon hearing this, as we have been looking forward to these opportunities where we can further explore and grow by learning, learning and practicing the gospel.

I believe this will help us to grow up in Christ. Recently, I was reading an article and I was thinking about you. It is called, Advancing from the milk to the meat of Christianity.

If we have to keep moving forward, we need guidance. We need the courage and we need Christ to lead us. I really hope the request for the regular meeting will be approved.

I have been praying for this for such a long time. I know you have retired from your post as a spiritual adviser, but we have not accepted your retirement request, we need your presence, your advice and your prayers.

So please take time to make time and visit us. We are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers constantly.

How is your health? Please do take care. I do remember you once said to me, “Jesus helps those who help themselves.” You were referring to good health and a healthy spirit for both our bodies and our souls.

We are all doing fine here. Please include us in your prayers.

May God bless you and keep you.

Love

Christopher

 

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