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Respect for the Prisoner

St. Paul urges us to practice the most basic
And powerful Christian teachings
To treat each person as part of the Body of Father Christ
St. Paul had been in jailed more than once

No wonder he urged others to be “mindful of prisoners”

As if they themselves were one of them
There are many good people in prison 
Who have hurt others by their poor choices
Hard headed decisions

It is easy to judge them as “worthless” or “rotten”
But we do not know what their early lives lacked in comparison to ours

What happened in their mind
And heart to lead them astray
This perspective does not condone crimes
Deny the need for justice

No matter what wrongdoing someone did
Each continues to be a human being Filled with the same divine presence that inhabits us

Prisoners deserve to be treated with the basic respect
We desire for ourselves
St. Paul words echo this Gospel teaching


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