Mar 01st - Albinus of Angers
There are many reasons I chose to highlight Albinus, some of which have to do with my oldest child. This does not mean I draw a parallel or associate many of the positions or issues he dealt with with my child only that some of the things associated with him, like where he lived and what he is the patron of have meaning in our relationship.
That caveat in place, Albinus led a holy life, challenged the status quo, especially the wealthier Roman habit of marrying siblings and most importantly the treatment of the incarcerated.
A strong voice against injustice, he did not abandon those in prison.
I do not know if you have a Kairos group in your diocese, but if you have a prison, you should. Consider this vocation; it is not for everyone, but if it is a matter of fear that keeps you from serving then be transformed by love, and then give that love to others so marginalized to grace their lives.
Is this not, rather, the fast that I choose: releasing those bound unjustly, untying the thongs of the yoke; Setting free the oppressed, breaking off every yoke? Is it not sharing your bread with the hungry, bringing the afflicted and the homeless into your house; Clothing the naked when you see them, and not turning your back on your own flesh? Then your light shall break forth like the dawn, and your wound shall quickly be healed; Your vindication shall go before you, and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer, you shall cry for help, and he will say: “Here I am!” If you remove the yoke from among you, the accusing finger, and malicious speech; If you lavish your food on the hungry and satisfy the afflicted; Then your light shall rise in the darkness, and your gloom shall become like midday; Then the LORD will guide you always and satisfy your thirst in parched places, will give strength to your bones And you shall be like a watered garden, like a flowing spring whose waters never fail.
-- Isaiah 58:6-11
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