Opinion: Lent, fasting and raising the minimum wage

By , Guest Columnist Updated: February 23, 2021 3:07 PM CT | Published: February 23, 2021 4:00 AM CT
Val Handwerker
Guest Columnist

Val Handwerker

A lifelong Memphian and Catholic priest for 45 years, Valentine Handwerker is pastor of St. Patrick Parish in South Downtown.

During this Lent, the Prophet Isaiah’s strident call — given in God’s name — asks us to do our fasting by “releasing those bound unjustly.” May that perspective lead us in our national debate on raising, for the first time in 12 years, our federal minimum wage.


St. Patrick Catholic Church living wage food pantry Lent

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