Mary Ann McGivern, a Sister of Loretto, works with people who have felony convictions and advocates for criminal justice. She lived at a Catholic Worker house for 28 years. She has been a public radio commentator and written plays and a cookbook. She lives in St. Louis.

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If not justice, then clemency

NCR Today: I heard from a man in a maximum security prison in Missouri who is trying to help his cellmate's case for clemency.


Even after walls come down, they leave scars

NCR Today: Walls don't bring peace or solve problems. Robert Frost was being ironic indeed when he said, "Good fences make good neighbors." Fences create lasting enmity.


Praying for the sick is a practice of love

NCR Today: In the midst of this solemn candle lighting we laughed again and again. We were enlisting, in old-fashioned terms, the army of the church triumphant. We were calling on all our family saints to work miracles.


Trump pushes for more 'small' nuclear weapons

NCR Today: I'm reminded that Pope Paul VI told us that not only do weapons threaten life, but the resources used in their manufacture are a theft against the poor.