Friday, February 20, 2015
Corporal Acts of Mercy
Not Steve, the kind you get a paycheck for.
There is a lot of discussion about the acts of mercy one should do around Lent. All the Matthew 25 heavenly litmus tests: feeding the poor, clothing the naked, visiting those in prison, tending to the sick, etc.
There is a way to undermine all the suffering occasioned by the needs of Matthew 25. Give someone a job or teach them how to create them. If people had "legal" work in exchange for the fruits of their labor they could buy their own clothes, feed themselves and tend to their medical care and stay out of prison.
The Protestant world might focus more on Jobs and Enterprise and Business for that reason and the catholic world on straight 'Charity.' Catholic Charities is the greatest provider of emergency support along the corporal acts of mercy lines outside any government.
To truly be 'charitable' the church would not settle for people with stripped dignity getting hand-outs, but would be actively teaching people job skills in prisons. There should be church run business schools in every prison. The Jesuits have a world class business school at Georgetown. They could launch a program of business and enterprise to take to prisons across the country. Someone steal my idea. I won't press charges.