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TattoosI am starting to consider that the second most important book on Christianity, I have ever read, after the Bible, is Fr. Greg Boyle’s “Tattoos on the Heart“. Perhaps I feel this way about the book because of my own work as part of the community we call the Friends of Dismas, or it might be the result of Boyle’s ability to describe in such simple terms what it means to live a life as a follower of Christ.
Krista Tippet, the host of On Being, interviewed “G-Dog” and produced a podcast based on this discussion which you can find on her website by clicking here.

Below is the unedited YouTube version of their chat. It is a bit long so if you want to watch it try to carve out an hour or so.  It will be a wonderful investment of your time as Fr. Boyle reflects on how we are called to ‘delight’ in one another.For those of you new to Fr. Greg, here is the description of this program from the On Being website:

A Jesuit priest famous for his gang intervention programs in Los Angeles, Fr. Greg Boyle makes winsome connections between service and delight, and compassion and awe. He heads Homeboy Industries, which employs former gang members in a constellation of businesses. This is not work of helping, he says, but of finding kinship. The point of Christian service, as he lives it, is about “our common calling to delight in one another.”

(PS: For those not familiar with all things YouTube you can watch the video in full screen mode by clicking on the box in the bottom right corner. To get out of full screen just hit the “Esc” or the Escape button on your keyboard.)

One Response to “Father Greg Boyle on the Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, Kinship”

  1. Barb Clapperton says:

    Awe instead of judgement…….
    Now..here..this
    Mental illness
    Diane Keaton
    What a great talk, well worth the time, thanks for sharing Deacon Mike
    Barb