THE SERVANT GENERAL
NO ONE IN NEED
Today’s reading: Psalm 72:1-13
he rescues the poor when they cry out,
the oppressed who have no one to help.
He shows pity to the needy and the poor
and saves the lives of the poor.”
the poor “have no one to help.” But justice demands
that instead, there should be no one in need. Well, there
will be no one in need if there will be enough of those who
will help. This is a major part of our work, to help build
the Church of the Poor. In living and sharing Christ, Catholics
must look to the material needs of the poor.
among the poorest of the poor are those who are prisoners
for life. For most of them, they have lost their freedom,
their families and their future. We in CFC-FFL and LCSC have
seen the face of such poverty in the Maximum Security Compound
of the National Bilibid Prison (Max-NBP). There we have 1,781
brethren who have gone through our renewal programs and most
of whom attend regular assemblies. Here they worship, do Bible
study, and undergo continuing formation.
addition, we have 65 brethren at the Medium Security Compound,
260 in the Correctional for Women, as well as many others
in city and municipal jails throughout the country. For example,
last year in the diocese of Paranaque, we had 602 inmate-participants
in our LCSs.
goal is to be involved in every city and municipal jail in
the nation, and in particular, to reach 10,000 inmates at
Max-NBP by 2021. That is a lot of work! Now given the sorry
physical condition of our brethren in these facilities, we
also provide material goods. Not very much, as our finances
are very limited. As of now, aside from donations of goods
every now and then, we budget 100 pesos per month per prisoner.
That is a pittance for them. But it adds up for us.
is where G10K (Gideon 10,000) comes in. This is our fundraising
for our prison ministry, started in May 2014, with the goal
of getting donors to donate 100 per month per prisoner,
up to 10,000 prisoners by 2021. By October of 2014, there
were 166 donors covering 825 inmates (one can donate for more
than one inmate).
donors came from the following countries:
Australia -- 1
Austria -- 1
Canada -- 53
China -- 2
Philippines -- 22
Singapore -- 8
Thailand -- 7
USA -- 72
As the work is growing, I ask the 166 above to continue with
their support, even as I thank them for helping set the captives
free. But we need more supporters. We right now already have
1,781 inmate-brethren but only cover financial support for
825. Will my other brethren in CFC-FFL and LCSC stand with
us in this work?
(1) let me know directly by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), (2)
tell me what district/province and country you are from, (3)
indicate how many prisoners you are supporting (one or more),
and (4) remit your contribution to:
Bank: Allied Bank, EDSA Extension Branch, EDSA Extension
Corner Loring St., Pasay City
Account Name: LCSC
Account Number: 001631 - 00973 - 7
Swift Code: PNBMPHMM
I request that this be a continuing commitment on
your part, until such time that you inform me you will no
longer participate in this particular work. I ask the leaders
in the loop to disseminate this appeal down the line to all
of our members worldwide, but also to their friends or other
contacts. It is a work critical to the New Evangelization.
know that for the larger work of LCSC, we have G300, which
seeks 300 donors of 1,000 pesos per month. Perhaps you cannot
afford 1,000. Can you part with 100? Even if you do not have
much, this is your opportunity to help someone even materially
poorer than yourself.
am confident the Lord will bless us all as we do more for
His mission of bringing glad tidings to the poor. This is
what the New Evangelization and the work of this third millennium
is the Year of Mercy. Who is the person who exhibits mercy?
It is one who “shows pity to the needy and the poor.”
It is one who becomes an instrument of the Lord’s salvation,
one who “saves the lives of the poor.” This is
our great opportunity. And it is our privilege, to help those
least of his brethren whom Jesus directly identifies with.
a blessed and Spirit-filled new year. And please do your share
in bringing glad tidings to the poor.