The prisoners Jubilee is perhaps the culmination of extraordinary Holy year wanted by the Pope. Don Oreste said that the opposite of Mercy is the revenge. Our prisons, despite being run by good people are still today a place of punishment. In front of a mistake, the answer that society has developed until today is a compensation system: the prison.
This Pope is proposing to us to change perspective, to look at the world and created with a glance of mercy. And we have to start to do this just with people who have committed crimes and that, therefore, we consider our enemies.
The Bishop of Rimini at the end of a pilgrimage made with the detainees told us that “a noble way of loving our enemies is to love the prisoners.” By doing so we will begin to know these people, to look beyond the offense. we must concetrare of inner emptiness, of lived dramas. The germ of evil, in fact, grows on man’ heart wounds.
Don Benzi also explained that “the opposite of Mercy is indifference.” Christians are called to change our mindset and to make change it to this humanity imprisoned in a globalized indifference. The first visit that the Pope had just settled was to juvenile prison. If we want to rebuild the church and with it a new society we have to start from the last: the refugees, prostitutes, the homeless, the Gypsies and the elderly abandoned.
This Jubilee is an opportunity to realize that we need them, and above all that we must build paths of Mercy. The Pope John XXIII community has developed a structured educational program that receives the detainee to remove the causes of delinquent through demanding and challenging programs.
Today, together with the Holy Father, we celebrate the joy that comes from love of others. The Apg 23 will be in St. Peter’s Square along with a representation of the detainees who attends. “The man is not his fault,”said Don Oreste. Everyone have an opportunity of redemption. I remember, in this regard with pleasure the story of one of the prisoners who in the past have helped. After 20 years of imprisonment he was dedicated to others and today is a missionary in Iraqbetween bombs.
“Remember, there is no saint without a past and no sinner without a future!” Said the Pontiff in the hearing on 24 February. Words that, today, we should reflect.