"Walking in the way and the love of the Lord"
"I was in prison and you came to visit me ... I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." ~ Matthew 25:36, 40
When we visited the prison in Haiti, I wasn't expecting to see this. Inside a 10x12 cinder block cell there were 30-35 guys crammed together. They were sitting, laying and standing with only inches between them.
The cell had one bunk bed and only two small windows. Imagine the heat of Haiti, this crowded room and no air flow.....And then imagine the loss of dignity in that crowded room. The men emptied their bladder in a cup and then poured it into a bucket outside the cell!
It was so hard to see this, so hard to hold back the tears. The tears of sorrow and sadness for these men and women. No matter the reason, these men and women were sitting in sorrow and sadness. No matter the reason, these men and women deserve to feel loved.
We came to bring them love, to pray for them, and to give them a little gift. But as usual, we received the gift.
"Give and it will be given to you" _ Luke 6:38
They prayed for us. They sang to us. They sang of their sorrow and their trust in Jesus to save them. They were singing to bring themselves hope. They were singing as a prayer, praying to Jesus for strength, for hope and for His saving grace!
We handed each cell a bag, a little gift of a toothbrush, toothpaste, rosary, shoes and shirts. Not nearly enough for everyone yet what I saw was amazing! I watched as they passed the bag back, no one fought for something, no one argued, they quietly gave the shirt to one of their brothers, the shoes went to another.
These beautiful children of God showed us faith and hope in their singing. They showed us love and kindness in their sharing of the gifts with each other and they gave us love by promising to pray for us!
May we always remember the prisoners of Anse a Veau in our prayers. May they find their hope, their faith and their strength through Our Lord Jesus Christ!
So let's come together as their brother and sisters in Christ and say an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be everyday for these men!
jezi mwen mete konfyans yo nan ou (Jesus I trust in you)
by: Mary Maddox
Prayerful Path/Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen