Blessed Jean-Joseph Lataste is known as the "Apostle of the prisons" or "Apostle of Mercy".
As a young friar, he came to the women's prison i Cadillac, France to preach a retreat, and was given a profound experience of conversion as he realized how judgmental and condescending his own attitude to these women had been.
Among his most famous words are: "God is not interested in what you have been, but in what you are" and "The hand which raises up on person from his or her sins, is the same hand which kept another one from falling in the first place."
Read more in this article on the website of the Dominicans of the English Province, from which we have also borrowed the following excerpt from the writings of p. Lataste:
(Lataste, Les Réhabilités).