Sunday Inspiration: The Dismantling of Barriers

gang_cvr“Compassion isn’t just about feeling the pain of others; it’s about bringing them in toward yourself.  If we love what God loves, then, in compassion, margins get erased. ‘Be compassionate as God is compassionate,’ means the dismantling of barriers that exclude.” 

I heard Father Greg Boyle speak this week, and I was deeply moved and inspired by his words, including those above.  Father Boyle is the director of Homeboy Industries, which employs ex-gang members and provides opportunities so that they can get off the streets and make a life for themselves.

Businesses that Father Boyle have started are Homeboy Bakery, Homeboy Silkscreen, Homeboy/Homegirl Merchandise, Homeboy Diner, Homeboy Farmers Markets, Homeboy Plumbing and Homegirl Café.  In addition to giving young people jobs with dignity, Father Boyle gives them hope.

May his work continue to inspire.



  1. Lynn Ross on August 4, 2013 at 11:40 am

    How inspiring! He must be a truly wonderful man. Thank you for sharing this, Emilie!

    • Emilie Richards on August 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm

      He is incredibly inspiring and a wonderful speaker. I hope you will have a chance to hear him someday.

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