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I believe in mistery. I believe in family. I believe in being who I am. I believe in the power of failure. I believe normal life is extraordinary.
This I Believe.

Our this I believe essay today comes from Sister Helen Prejean of New Orleans,Louisiana.
In 1981, she began / dedicating her life to the poor of that city and eventually to prisoners on death roll. Her book / about her experience is there -dead mam walking was made into a movie with Susan Sarandon in the role of Sister Helen
Here is our series curator, independent producer Jay Alison.

Sister Helen Prejean was pleased to hear her essay would air today. On the feast of Epiphany, when Christians celerbrate the revelation the Jesus as the manifestation of God in human form offered salvation to all people. She felt it was an appropriate day to pronounce her belief in making her Christian faith concrete through her actions. Here is Sister Helen Prejean with her essay for this I believe.

I watch what I do to see what I really believe. Believing faither / not just / words it's one thing for me to say I'm a Christain but I have to embody what it means I have to live in. So writing this essay and knowing our share in a public way becomes an occasion for me to look deeply and what I really believe by how I act.

"Love your neighbor as yourself", the Jesus says. And as a beginner nun I tried honestly to love my neighbor, the children I taught, / their parents my fellow teachers , my fellow nuns. But for a long time, the circle of my loving care was small and for the most part including only white, middle class people like me. But one day I walked up to the Jesus's deeper challenge to love the outcast, the criminal, the underdog. So I packed my stuff and moved to a noisy,violent housing project in an African-American neighborhood in New Orleans.

I saw the suffering and I let myself feel it. The sound of gun-shots in the night/, mothers calling out for their children. I saw the injustice and was compelled to do something about it. I changed from being a nun who only prayed for the suffering world to a nun with my sleeves rolled up, living my prayer.

Working in that community in New Orleans soon let me to Louisiana's death row. So I keep watching what I do to see what I actually believe.
Jesus's biggest challenge to us is to love our enemies. On death roll I encountered the enemy. Those considered so irredeemable by our society that even our Supreme Court has made it legal to kill them.

For twenty years now I've been visiting people on death roll and I've companied six human beings to their death. As each has been killed, I had told him to look at me. I want them to say a loving face when they die. I want my face to carry the love that tells them that thay and everyone of us are worth more than our most terrible acts

But I knew being with a perpetrators wasn't enough. I also had to reach out the victims' families. I visited the families who wanted to see me and I founded a victims sopport group/ in New Orleans. It was a big stretch for me, loving both perpetrators, and / victims' families and most of the time I fail/ because so often the victim's families interpret/ my care for perpetrators, as choosing sides, the wrong side. I understand that. But I don't stop reaching out.

I've learned from victims' families just how alone many of them feel. The murder of their loved one is so horrible, their pains so great that most people stay away. But they need / people to visit, to listen, to care. It doesn't take anybody special, just someone who cares.

Writing this essay reminds me as an ordinary person. That is important to take start to see where I am. The only way I know I really believe is by keeping watch over what I do.

Sister Helen Prejean with her essay for this I believe. Prejean is finishing up a new book v fire a spiritual memoir beginning in her childhood. Our invitation to write for series goes up to everyone of every age. Consider writing your own, you'll find more at our website NPR.org/thisibelieve. We can also find the link to our broadcast.

For this I believe I'm Jay Alison.

Jay Alison is co-editor with Dane , John Vicky of the book this I believe- the personal philosophies of remarkable men and women.
Next week on all things considered as an essay for listener M M Robbin of national Tennessee on her belief in chance.
Sopport for this I believe comes from potential retirement.


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