Meet Father Greg Boyle.
Last night the Crams, Raes and Roberts went down to Loyola Marymount University to hear Father Greg Boyle speak. He is the founder of Homeboy Industries, a ministry that employs the unemployable. The unemployable includes people who have been in jail, gangs or committed felony’s in the LA area. He is also the author of Tattoos on the Heart, which is a collection of stories that Father Greg Boyle has experienced over the 20 years of being in Homeboy Industries.
Because Father Greg Boyle was so genuine and simplistically profound I feel led to describe my experience of him in that way too. There was no doubt that this man knew Jesus. He changed for no one, which included cursing on stage and in his book without apologies (completely changing the way I see Priests mind you). He knew what it means to consider others better than yourself. He can honestly look at all the past gang members he employs and say they are more courageous, honorable and closer to God than he is. He said that he used to look at gang members and judge them for the way they have carried the things they had to carry. Now, he says, he stands in awe of the burden that they have to carry. He knows what it means to love, to not have an “us and them” mentality and to befriend those Jesus would befriend.