I had the opportunity to speak to a group of high school students at a symposium organized by my Alma mater Brebeuf College. It is hard for me to believe that it has been 40 years since I graduated from Brebeuf. Where did the 40 years go?
I invited them to drop by the website to have a look at some of the resources I ‘borrowed’ from to put the talk together. Since I took ideas from multiple sources my work can be classified as research and not technically plagiarism although I do admit the ideas presented are stolen pretty much from the folks below.
I am starting to consider Fr. Greg Boyle’s book “Tattoos on the Heart“ one of the most important books on Christianity, I have ever read. 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.)