Fr. Gregory Boyle’s Laetare Address

Some years ago I read a book by Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ, about his Homeboy Industries. Fr. Boyle was just given the Laetare Medal at Notre Dame this year.  His address was beautiful. Watch it below.  There is also a great video here, worth a watch, and from that I’ve snagged these lines….

  1. “How can we develop a kind of compassion that stands in awe of what the poor have to carry, and not in judgment of how they carry it?”
  2. “We must obliterate this illusion that we’re separate. No ‘us’ and ‘them’, just ‘us’. For there is an idea that has taken root in the world–it’s at the root of all that’s wrong with it–and the idea is this: that there just might be lives out there that matter less than other lives.”
  3. “It shouldn’t surprise us that God’s own dream for us–that we be one–just happens to be our own deepest longing for ourselves.”