Living Among the Dead
|by Faith Schwartz|
A mission of mercy ... that's what Madre Antonia calls her work in Tijuana, Mexico. Known affectionately as "Madre" or "Mother," she lives where guards fear to tread ... the Tiajuana Penitentiary.
Yes, lives. Voluntarily.
"Home is where the heart is... even in prison" highlights her labors of love. Warning: it's convicting.
As a Christian, and one who makes a living pursuing criminal justice reform, I am challenged by her approach. Dwell among them. Now there is certainly a novel idea. So many times we look to government, to policies, to others to make the difference, but we should be challenged to begin first and foremost with ourselves. Hypothetical: If permitted, how many of us would clamor to be the first to freely take up residence in prison? And yet, in essence, isn't that what we are called to do?
"Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest." ~ John 4:35