From Sean Cardinal O’Malley’s latest blog entry.
As I mentioned before, I was a prison chaplain for two years in the 1960s in Butler County, Pennsylvania. I always tell the story about giving my first sermon in prison. I was very nervous and searching for a topic when I had this inspiration of great escapes in the Bible. So I talked about Daniel in the lion’s den, the three lads in the furnace, St. Paul going over the wall in the basket and St. Peter in chains. I had their rapt attention, but the problem was, that night six prisoners escaped from the prison. I thought my first prison assignment was going to be my last!
Interesting topic for a prison homily!
Here’s another one:
Once when I attended Mass in a local prison,
the homily was on “You are not free.” I had visions of rioting prisoners trying to escape.