Greg Boyle Famous Quotes & Sayings

54 Greg Boyle Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

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I always have a funny story at communion time that underscores that no one is perfect, and that communion is not for perfect people but for hungry people. Greg Boyle Sayings: I always have a funny story at communion time that underscores that no one is
At its best, an injunction creates a kind of vigilant heat that moves kids toward the light. Greg Boyle Sayings: At its best, an injunction creates a kind of vigilant heat that moves kids toward
My church is in the detention facilities where I preside and celebrate the Eucharist. To me that's the church. That's the people of God. Greg Boyle Sayings: My church is in the detention facilities where I preside and celebrate the Eucharist. To
I work with gang members, and I feel a kind of affinity and gift, even. But who would've thunk it, you know? I mean, I didn't anticipate it. Greg Boyle Sayings: I work with gang members, and I feel a kind of affinity and gift, even.
Young people can change and grow. Every parent knows that. Greg Boyle Sayings: Young people can change and grow. Every parent knows that.
Jesus did not only serve the needs of the people, but truly hoped that the people and Jesus would be one. Greg Boyle Sayings: Jesus did not only serve the needs of the people, but truly hoped that the
When the vastness of God meets the restriction of our own humanity, words can't hold it. The best we can do is find the moments that rhyme with this expansive heart of God. Greg Boyle Sayings: When the vastness of God meets the restriction of our own humanity, words can't hold
God seems to be an unwilling participant in our efforts to pigeonhole Him. Greg Boyle Sayings: God seems to be an unwilling participant in our efforts to pigeonhole Him.
I kinda don't do guilt. I gave it up for Lent years ago. Greg Boyle Sayings: I kinda don't do guilt. I gave it up for Lent years ago.
In Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world, we have 1,100 gangs and 120,000 gang members so it is a daunting, complex social dilemma. Greg Boyle Sayings: In Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world, we have 1,100 gangs and 120,000
The wrong idea has taken root in the world. And the idea is this: there just might be lives out there that matter less than other lives. Greg Boyle Sayings: The wrong idea has taken root in the world. And the idea is this: there
If there is a fundamental challenge within these stories, it is simply to change our lurking suspicion that some lives matter less than other lives. Greg Boyle Sayings: If there is a fundamental challenge within these stories, it is simply to change our
Kids are different from adults. They are not as developed as far as brain science, controlling impulses, and maturity, and fall prey to all kinds of pressures. Greg Boyle Sayings: Kids are different from adults. They are not as developed as far as brain science,
The desire of God's heart is immeasurably larger than our imaginations can conjure. Greg Boyle Sayings: The desire of God's heart is immeasurably larger than our imaginations can conjure.
Homeboy Bakery is an alternative to kids who have found themselves, regrettably, in gangs and want to redirect their lives. Greg Boyle Sayings: Homeboy Bakery is an alternative to kids who have found themselves, regrettably, in gangs and
I feel called to be faithful. Greg Boyle Sayings: I feel called to be faithful.
I have never seen a hopeful person join a gang. Greg Boyle Sayings: I have never seen a hopeful person join a gang.
You are exactly what God had in mind when he made you. Greg Boyle Sayings: You are exactly what God had in mind when he made you.
Gangs are bastions of conditional love, and one of the ways to counteract it is to offer community, which will always trump gang, and that's what happens at Homeboy Industries. Greg Boyle Sayings: Gangs are bastions of conditional love, and one of the ways to counteract it is
We lose our right to be surprised that California has the highest recidivism rate in the country if we refuse to hire folks who have taken responsibility for their crimes and have done their time. Greg Boyle Sayings: We lose our right to be surprised that California has the highest recidivism rate in
The Church should say, 'I'm frightened that women will be ordained;' that's honest, say that. But don't say, 'It's a grave sin,' because that's nonsense. Greg Boyle Sayings: The Church should say, 'I'm frightened that women will be ordained;' that's honest, say that.
Even gang members imagine a future that doesn't include gangs. Greg Boyle Sayings: Even gang members imagine a future that doesn't include gangs.
All politics are local, and so in church. Greg Boyle Sayings: All politics are local, and so in church.
Businesses have come and gone at Homeboy Industries. We have had starts and stops, but anything worth doing is worth failing at. We started Homeboy Plumbing. That didn't go so well. Who knew? People didn't want gang members in their homes. I just didn't see that coming. Greg Boyle Sayings: Businesses have come and gone at Homeboy Industries. We have had starts and stops, but
I want to be prophetic and take stands and stand with those on the margins, and I want to laugh as much as I can. Greg Boyle Sayings: I want to be prophetic and take stands and stand with those on the margins,
I'm the priest who has been mistaken for an ATM machine. Greg Boyle Sayings: I'm the priest who has been mistaken for an ATM machine.
I know two L.A.s. Half my life was around the house my folks had for 46 years at 3rd and Norton. The other half was in Boyle Heights on the Eastside, working with gang members. Greg Boyle Sayings: I know two L.A.s. Half my life was around the house my folks had for
If you are paying attention, then the day is going to be pretty joyful, and a lot of delight will fill it. Greg Boyle Sayings: If you are paying attention, then the day is going to be pretty joyful, and
The arms of God reach to embrace, and somehow you feel yourself just outside God's fingertips. Greg Boyle Sayings: The arms of God reach to embrace, and somehow you feel yourself just outside God's
I wouldn't trade my life for anybody's. Greg Boyle Sayings: I wouldn't trade my life for anybody's.
The business of second chances is everybody's business. Greg Boyle Sayings: The business of second chances is everybody's business.
Don't forget, you are the hero of your own story. Greg Boyle Sayings: Don't forget, you are the hero of your own story.
I'm not opposed to success. Greg Boyle Sayings: I'm not opposed to success.
People have started to see that 'smart on crime' rather than 'tough on crime' makes sense. Greg Boyle Sayings: People have started to see that 'smart on crime' rather than 'tough on crime' makes
I don't save people. God saves people. I can point them in the right direction. I can say, 'There's that door. I think if you walked through it, you'd be happier than you are.' Greg Boyle Sayings: I don't save people. God saves people. I can point them in the right direction.
We ought not to demonize a single gang member, and we ought not to romanticize a single gang. Greg Boyle Sayings: We ought not to demonize a single gang member, and we ought not to romanticize
I think not everything that works helps, and not everything that helps works. Greg Boyle Sayings: I think not everything that works helps, and not everything that helps works.
People have to see that there is a high degree of complexity about belonging to a gang. It's a symptom, not a problem. Greg Boyle Sayings: People have to see that there is a high degree of complexity about belonging to
I think that any program that's born from below rather than on high is going to survive. Greg Boyle Sayings: I think that any program that's born from below rather than on high is going
There is no 'them' and 'us.' There is only us. Greg Boyle Sayings: There is no 'them' and 'us.' There is only us.
Redemption is possible, and it is the measure of a civilized society. Greg Boyle Sayings: Redemption is possible, and it is the measure of a civilized society.
You stand with the least likely to succeed until success is succeeded by something more valuable: kinship. You stand with the belligerent, the surly and the badly behaved until bad behavior is recognized for the language it is: the vocabulary of the deeply wounded and of those whose burdens are more than they can bear. Greg Boyle Sayings: You stand with the least likely to succeed until success is succeeded by something more
W a gang member, and especially in a Latino gang, gets jumped in, and then he's given a name, and he has that name forever, but it's not so much the name as being called by name. Greg Boyle Sayings: W a gang member, and especially in a Latino gang, gets jumped in, and then
You are so much more than the worst thing you've ever done. Greg Boyle Sayings: You are so much more than the worst thing you've ever done.
You don't really get Jesus saying very often there'll be pie in the sky when you die. He's really talking about now and today, and it's supposed to be like that. You're supposed to delight in what's right in front of you. Greg Boyle Sayings: You don't really get Jesus saying very often there'll be pie in the sky when
Ours is a God who waits. So who are we not to? Greg Boyle Sayings: Ours is a God who waits. So who are we not to?
The employer is not going to choose the gang member who's just been released from prison: they're going to choose the person with the skills. Greg Boyle Sayings: The employer is not going to choose the gang member who's just been released from
Does God feel like that same-sex marriage could happen? I don't think anybody who has a connection to God and God's understanding and depth of compassion who's gonna say 'no.' Greg Boyle Sayings: Does God feel like that same-sex marriage could happen? I don't think anybody who has
Most employers just aren't willing to look beyond the dumbest or worst thing someone has done. Greg Boyle Sayings: Most employers just aren't willing to look beyond the dumbest or worst thing someone has
Close both eyes see with the other one. Then we are no longer saddled by the burden of our persistent judgments our ceaseless withholding our constant exclusion. Our sphere has widened and we find ourselves quite unexpectedly in a new expansive location in a place of endless acceptance and infinite love. Greg Boyle Sayings: Close both eyes see with the other one. Then we are no longer saddled by
The margins don't get erased by simply insisting that the powers-that-be erase them. Greg Boyle Sayings: The margins don't get erased by simply insisting that the powers-that-be erase them.
The poor evangelize you about what's important and what is the Gospel, and that that's where the joy is. Greg Boyle Sayings: The poor evangelize you about what's important and what is the Gospel, and that that's
We need the disruption of categories that lead us to abandon the difficult, the disagreeable, and the least likely to go very far. Greg Boyle Sayings: We need the disruption of categories that lead us to abandon the difficult, the disagreeable,
Homeboy Industries has chosen to stand with the 'demonized' so that the demonizing will stop; it stands with the 'disposable' so that the day will come when we stop throwing people away. Greg Boyle Sayings: Homeboy Industries has chosen to stand with the 'demonized' so that the demonizing will stop;