“Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.” -- Gregory Boyle. In this riveting 50-minute “On Being” audio interview with Krista Tippett, Fr. Gregory Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, talks about his experience with ex-offenders and those at risk of substance abuse and gang activities. His organization serves them with a spectrum of interventions from education and job training to counseling. But as he says service is not about a provider helping a recipient. Rather it is our calling to delight in each other. Listen and be moved by the stories and a poignant Q&A session as Fr. G shares his faith in the power of compassion to transform ourselves, others, and communities.

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  • Visit Homeboy Industries for more information about this nationally renowned leader in the field of re-entry.
  • Read Fr. G's personal accounts of his life in service in his book, "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion." This review gives you some good reasons to do so.
  • Try to imagine how you would carry your life if you did not have the advantages you do.  Can you now see “the other” with more empathy?

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