rightly and truthfully tell their story.
I used to sit with a group of mostly
Spanish-speaking women who would
tell about losing their children to ho-
micide. They knew that I went into
the jails and detention centers. That
was hard on them at first, but they
got to know me and for some reason
liked me. They would ask, “Do these
kids who are locked up ever seek
forgiveness or express remorse?” I
would tell them that, yes, they often
do. Young people in those spaces are
often sorry for what they’ve done,
but there’s no one there to seek
forgiveness with. The courts kind of
If we embrace theChristian message, thenwe too can findourselves in a newplace and space. We’llbe on a path towardreconciliation.“
interfere with that because you’re notsupposed to talk with others aboutyour case, and often you have todeny your wrongdoing.
These women kept asking meabout the young people I met in thejail, so I invited them to come withme and meet them. Of course theysaid no to that. They didn’t want tobe part of jail. So I told them, “I sayMass there on Saturdays. Come withme to Mass.” Now Mass they understood, and so they agreed.
After the Mass I invited someof the young people to sit in whatwe call a “peacemaking circle” withthese women. These were youngpeople being tried as adults, so theyhad serious cases. We sat in thatspace and we did our opening as wealways do, which is a check-in. Eachperson tells how they are doing.
I asked the mothers to introducethemselves. The young people’s eyeswere wide open. When the talkingpiece (an object we hold when it’sour moment to speak) came to theyoung people, they each began totalk about who they were. One saidhe never knew his mother. Anothersaid his mother was in prison. Some
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