Thursday, October 8, 2015

Mercy Alert! Prisoners Need Breviaries!

One spiritual work of mercy is to "visit the imprisoned", at times rendered to "free the imprisoned" .

In America, Catholic response to the needs of prisoners lags sadly behind the response of many protestant denominations. But one very bright spot is Dismas Minstry, a group I've mentioned several times before on this blog.

Dismas Ministry aids prisoners in many ways, including giving them study courses in the Catholic faith, the Bible, and Catholic Prayer. After completing this last course, some  prisoners wish to pray the Liturgy of the Hours on a daily basis.

They need breviaries, since prisoners are not allowed to have smart phones or regular computer access for the free online breviaries.

We Coffee&Canticles people have "adopted" this aspect of Dismas Ministry. That means when director Ron Zeilinger gets a request from a prisoner for a single or four volume set of the Liturgy of the Hours, he turns to us as First Responders. So far, you wonderful people have provided a good number of books to deserving prisoners who are thirsting to sanctify their hours with the psalms, scriptures, and readings the Church provides.

Today I received a new email from Ron:

Hello Daria,
We have  had a couple requests for the full set of the Liturgy of Hours from inmates. I thought I would notify you and ask if you might send out an appeal to your readers. We don’t want to burden the generosity of these good people however, and if necessary, will send them the shorter version of Christian Prayer. We have a couple of those on hand.
Blessings and thanks,
Ron 

Ron Zeilinger, DirectorDismasMINISTRYPO Box 070363
Milwaukee WI 53207

I wrote back to Ron saying I'd get right on this. 

If these prisoners want the four volume breviaries, I think they should have them. They need the beauty and spiritual food that the Office of Readings can supply. 

Last time I checked, the best price for single or four volume sets was found at Barnes and Noble.  Today I see that they are a bit cheaper at Amazon.  Or, if it's easier for you, just send the price of the breviaries (or a smaller amount that you can afford) directly to Ron at Dismas Ministry, using Paypal Include a note to let him know what it's for, or just write "Coffee&Canticles Breviary fund". 

If you order from a source that requires a street address for UPS delivery, use this address:  Ron Zeilinger, Dismas Ministry, 3195 S. Superior St. ,  Suite 101L, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Another thought:  prisoners are not picky! If you have a four volume set that you are not using, send that! 

Also please let us know in the comments below or a private message to me if you are doing this. The sooner we know, the sooner Ron can relax. My private email is: thesockeys "at" gmail "dot" com.  

Many thanks. 

5 comments:

  1. Daria - 4 volume set ordered and on its way (estimated delivery between 10/19 and 11/3). Thank you for providing this ministry - it makes me so happy to know there are men and women thirsting for the Word.
    Teresa

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    1. Wow, thanks, Teresa! I also had a PM form a third reader, so we have covered the current need and then some.

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  2. Have you ever thought of giving them Magnificat for daily prayer and meditation. Additional benefit: there are short articles about the saints or writing of the saints through the centuries in Magnificat prayer book that can serve as life model.
    If you like this idea, I can donate the Magnificat books.

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    1. I'm guessing that Dismas Ministry makes all kinds of prayer resources available. These requests for four-volume breviaries come from prisoners themselves, after they've completed a correspondence course about prayer that includes lengthy instruction about the Liturgy of the Hours.

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  3. If you scroll down on this link, you will find The Little Office of The Blessed Virgin Mary for $2.50. A good start for people beginning the Divine Office, and much more affordable.
    http://ourladyofgoodsuccess.com/frames-3-4-2005/aaa.htm

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