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Making a Difference in Others' Lives Through the Benedictine Way of Life

"...Oblates of St. Benedict are lay people—men and women—who strive to live according to the spirit of the Rule of St. Benedict in their lay state of life. St. Benedict developed his Rule 1,500 years ago to govern life in the cloister. Today, the Rule still provides principles lay people can use to guide them in their spiritual journey..."

Dom Cingoranelli, an Oblate of St. Benedict, met Jim Blum and the work of My Father's House through Fr. Matthew Habiger, OSB at a retreat at St. Benedict's Abbey in Atchison Kansas. He contacted Jim to ask about writing this column.

A column from the Catholic Stand:

After receiving more than 1.6 million applications, a key part of the US government’s economic response to the coronavirus pandemic, known as the Paycheck Protection Program, ran out of money Thursday and will no longer be accepting new applications. In the two weeks the Paycheck Protection Program was active, the application process for the loans excluded small business owners with criminal records from applying—potentially hurting both business owners with criminal records and their employees.

My Father's House founder, Jim Blum, was interviewed by Jonah McKeown about how this impacts small businesses.

A news article from the Catholic News Agency:

A podcast from the Catholic News Agency:

The number of people in prison in the U.S. has grown by a factor of five since the 1970s. An estimated 5 million children have a parent in prison. This week on the podcast: stories of former inmates who found God, and men who have given over their lives to minister to inmates— the modern-day “untouchables."

My Father's House founder Jim Blum, and others, were interviewed by Jonah McKeown about prison ministry.

"I go to prepare a place for you" Interview with Jonathan Ghaly
Friday, August 2, 2019

An interview with Jim Blum, founder of My Father’s House, a community home for men transitioning out of the prison system. Before founding My Father’s House, Jim spent 20 years in prison, during which he experienced a deep religious conversion. His time in prison ultimately led him to a desire to help men, like himself, reenter society, offering the kind of support that only a caring human companionship can provide.

Jim Blum, founder of My Father's House, discusses his time in prison, his conversion, and his encounter with Communion and Liberation.

An interview with Jim Blum in Communion and Liberation's online newsletter:

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