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Location: Charleston, South Carolina, United States

Monday, October 31, 2005

What Really Matters...?

What really matters to us? Are we focused on the value of our property at the expense of the value of human life God has placed in our midst?
Bishop Robert J. Baker, Diocese of Charleston

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

It Is Easy To Forget

It is easy to forget that people need our help when they are out of sight. Recently I received a letter from a father of a man who is incarcerated in a prison located in my diocese. The man wrote:
My son, one of your lost sheep, needs your help. He has been in prison for more than a year. In that time he has heard Mass one time and had communion brought to him one other time. He is hungry for the word of God. He helps with the chapel program, attends Sunday and Wednesday services, and is taking two Bible study correspondence courses. None of these activities, however, are though the Catholic Church. Baptist, A.M.E., and other faiths provide a religious forum for inmates. The Roman Catholic Church in your diocese does not.
The concerned father wanted to know why there was no consistent Catholic ooutreach to the men in that institution who desired the support of their Church. I wrote the man back, apologizing, "It saddens me to know no priest has visited your son yet. Icertainly will look into that situation, as I have spent much of my priesthood in prison ministry. Too often these are the forgotten people in our Church, men and women in prisons."
Bishop Robert J. Baker, Diocese of Charleston. NB: the Diocese of Charleston has a lay Ministry, "His Way Ministry" headed by Jack McGovern, that serves those incarcerated in the Diocese of Charleston. Mr. McGovern can be reached at 843-763-5494.

Friday, October 21, 2005

There Is Never a Moment

There is never a moment when God does not come forward in the guise of some suffering or [of] some duty, and all that takes place within us, around us and through us both includes and hides his activity.

Jean-Pierre de Caussade, SJ

Suffering Humanity

Jesus identifies Himself with all suffering humanity. His important teaching is that the spiritual life consists largely of our ability to recognize Him and serve Him in those who hunger and thirst, the stranger and the naked, the sick and the imprisoned. Our eternal happiness hinges on our moral and spiritual capacity to recognize Him and servfe Him where he is in this world, in the time frame in which we are on this earth.

Bishop Robert J. Baker, Diocese of Charleston

So Many Injustices You Commit

The bread which you do not use is the bread of the hungry;
The garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked;
The shoes that you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot;
The money that you keep locked away is the money of the poor;
The acts of charity that you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit.

St. Basil the Great