Father Greg Boyle, founder and director of HomeBoy Industries and author of “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion,” is one of those people whose lives are powerful templates for bringing about the kingdom of God. In Tattoos on the Heart, he says, “No daylight to separate us. Only kinship. Inching ourselves closer to creating a community of kinship such that God might recognize it. Soon we imagine, with God, this circle of compassion. Then we imagine no one standing outside of that circle, moving ourselves closer to the margins so that the margins themselves will be erased. We stand there with those whose dignity has been denied. We locate ourselves with the poor and the powerless and the voiceless. At the edges, we join the easily despised and the readily left out. We stand with the demonized so that the demonizing will stop. We situate ourselves right next to the disposable so that the day will come when we stop throwing people away.” It sounds like heaven to me.
Listen to Fr. Greg when he visited our parish in 2012: https://youtu.be/dc6B6B29w7s