Ex-con Ron Burris reaches out to inmates at Lieber ‘rock’

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Eddie Morris, the assistant chaplain at Lieber, clearly recalls the bitter young man [Ron] Burris used to be. During their first session, Burris railed against perceived injustices by police, the prison system and society. But when Burris lifted up his shirt to show off his bullet wounds, Morris burst out in laughter, perplexing the young convict.

"I'm looking at this guy and the first five holes would be enough to take a man out," Morris recalled. "I said, 'You need to be thanking God you are even here to talk about it.' "

As they prayed together, hugged and wept, Burris began to rediscover his faith, Morris said. He kept coming to the weekly prayer meetings, and change took root.

"I've seen him go from an angry young man to a humble servant," Morris said. "It is awesome. He's become a better husband, a father to his children and a friend to these men. He lets them know, 'If it can happen to me, it can happen to you.' "

Read it all from the front page of yesterday's local paper.

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