By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Inmates of the Talisay City Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility yesterday welcomed the relics of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, which began its tour of Negros in Kabankalan City earlier this week.
In an interview with members of the media, one inmate, identifying themselves as Bernadette, said she was “happy and blessed.” The prison inmate also expressed deep remorse over the crimes she committed.
Bernadette said she is detained on drug-related charges and is seeking forgiveness.
She said the relics renewed hopes she would given a second chance at life.
Another inmate, identified only as Jo, also expressed happiness over the visit, saying, the visit provided grace to her and her fellow prisoners.
Jo said, despite being convicted of drug-related charges, along with awaiting trial for illegal possession of firearms charges, she has renewed hopes on life.
“We are really thankful for St. Therese’s visit,” Jo added.
Last week, Diocese of Bacolod co-coordinator, Fr. Ritchel Tabanyag, noted the vestiges are intended to visit local jails in an effort to convert inmates.
The relics will help convince inmates to convert and return to God, he explained.
Tabanyag added, St. Therese, herself, was responsible for the conversion of French murderer
Henri Pranzini prior to his 1887 execution./DGB, WDJ