A Sister in Our Midst

A Sister in Our Midst

by Michael Falsetto, LEVN Volunteer at People Reaching Out

Originally published on Monday, May 12, 2014

This past week the Belfry hosted its annual St. Augustine lecture which featured Sister Helen Prejean. Sister Helen is an advocate against the death penalty and travels the country to give talks about the issue. It was really great meeting Sister Helen last Thursday at the Belfry. I remember she entered the room and said “Hey ya’ll!” with a big grin on her face. She seemed full of life and had this glow about her that lit up the room. The stories she told were engaging, and the way she described her journey into prison ministry as “Sneaky Jesus” bringing her face to face with people on death row was great to hear. Even Pastor Dan at LCI brought up Sister Helen in his sermon today, which focused on awakening into true life; abundant life through Christ. He used Sister’s Helen’s work as an example of that.

What stood out the most for me from this time with Sister Helen was when she talked about being an agent of justice. Many Christians and many non Christians have this idea that Christians should always be forgiving and kind. This can amount to being taken advantage of by others and as Sister Helen said, “people treat you like a floor mat.” Just the opposite is true, as Christians should be forgiving and kind to others, but also stand up for what they think is right. In Sister Helen’s case, it’s spending time with people on death row who otherwise may not have anybody in their lives to talk with. A controversial act, yes, but reaching out to someone in need is act of compassion and justice. It takes one’s mind off of oneself and focuses it on another in service. Some of my prayers are centered in being more Christ like in this fashion and recognizing the spaces and opportunities to reach out to others. That is something I can always improve on.

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The following links are resources for photos and videos about the event:

-Facebook photos

-Youtube Video 1

-Youtube Video 2

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