Fr. Richard Rohr sent a restorative justice message to thousands of people who receive his daily meditations from the Center for Action and Contemplation.
He writes, "Punishment relies on enforcement and compliance but does not change the soul or the heart. Jesus held out for the heart; he restored people to their true and deepest identity. When the church itself resorts to various forms of shaming and punishment for 'sin,' it is relying upon the retributive methods of this world and not the restorative methods of Jesus. We have a lot of growing up to do in the ways of Christ."
In the meditation Fr. Rohr invited Ray Leonardini, Director of Prison Contemplative Fellowship, to share his observations and experience teaching contemplative prayer in prisons.