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Thu May 24, 2012, 07:45 PM

My favorite quote from Father Gregory Boyle (S.J.) of Homeboy Industries in LA

Here's what he does

He's on Fresh Air a lot and you can still hear his interviews from their podcast archives.

Terry Gross once asked "How do you get up every day and smile at these kids who do drugs, sell drugs, murder, steal?"

Father G replied, "I would rather stand in awe of the burdens these kids bear than stand in judgment of the way they bear them."

To me, as a disgruntled Presbyterian, that sentence sums up what Christianity should be.

And, since you didn't ask, my other favorite quotes of his are:

"Communion is for hungry people; that's all. Jesus said 'Feed my sheep', and he meant it."

"If you aren't offering these kids concrete help, Jesus doesn't care about your prayer meeting."

"Part of doing this is accepting the fact that kids you love will kill kids you love. It's heartbreaking. It's the fallen world."

"I'm still amazed that people are interested in causes of crime *now*. Now, 20 years after the height of the violence. If you weren't in the streets in 1992 and 1993, you probably don't have anything to add to this discussion."

"Gang negotiations? It's silly. Negotiations won't do anything because there's almost no conflict in gang violence. There's violence, tons of it, but there's no conflict. Bangers don't step out hoping to kill, they step out hoping to die."

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coalition_unwilling May 2012 #1
CTyankee May 2012 #2
demosincebirth May 2012 #3
CTyankee May 2012 #4
demosincebirth May 2012 #5
Dreamer Tatum May 2012 #6
CTyankee May 2012 #7

Response to Recursion (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 08:10 PM

1. K&R. Try to purchase HB baked goods and sundries when we're at the

 

Mar Vista Farmer's Market on Sunday mornings.

Laughing at your self-description as a 'disgruntled Presbyterian.'

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Response to Recursion (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 08:16 PM

2. I respect what he says about gang violence and poverty, but I would hope that he would have

equal care for reproductive rights for women and say "I would rather stand in awe of the burdens these women bear than stand in judgment of the way they bear them."

Deal?

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #2)

Thu May 24, 2012, 09:54 PM

3. Another "yeah but." The man must be a saint.

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #3)

Fri May 25, 2012, 01:58 AM

4. But nothing. If he doesn't have the humanity in him to extend it to women

(who are not guilty of violence against their fellow human beings) just for being women, then that is not a qualification, IMO, for sainthood.

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Response to CTyankee (Reply #4)

Fri May 25, 2012, 04:17 PM

5. You know I won't answer you. I don't do fools well.

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #5)

Fri May 25, 2012, 04:21 PM

6. +1 nt

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Response to demosincebirth (Reply #5)

Fri May 25, 2012, 04:38 PM

7. suit yourself.

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