One of the four thrusts of the Philippine Church in response to the New Evangelization is work with the poor. The Church continues to build the Church of the Poor. Jesus himself came to bring good news to the poor (Lk 4:18).
Now there are many throughout the world who are poor. But the poorer among the poor are those who are in prison, away from their loved ones and unable to do much for their lives. Still further, the poorest among the poor are those who are long-term or life-term prisoners. Such are those in the Maximum Security Compound of the National Bilibid Prison (Max-NBP), our national penitentiary.
They are the poorest of the poor because unlike other poor: (1) they have no family, having largely been abandoned by their loved ones; (2) they have no freedom, being incarcerated for life; and (3) they have no future, if ever they are released, for being ex-convicts, advanced in years and having not much skills.
Our work in LCSC, being a response to the New Evangelization, is intended also to reach the poor. In the parishes, LCSC should become a massive evangelization movement for the grassroots, reaching poor people right where they are. But right now, LCSC will become involved with the poorest of the poor. LCSC will be directly engaged in the evangelization and pastoral care of prisoners at the Max-NBP.
Please pray for this mission.
God bless you.
“For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21)