"The goal is healthy communities. If that's your goal, the violence will work itself out."
"You want to create communities of unconditional love."
"The thing with gang violence is to find the something else. It is almost always about a lethal absence of hope."
"Lack of peace means the absence of kinship."
"If you seek to build a sense of kinship in a community where there is no 'them' - there is just 'us.' Where you stand against forgetting we belong to each other. That things will work out. If the goals are tiny the outcome will be tiny."
"If you have kinship, you are going to have justice. If you have kinship, you are going to have peace."
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Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J., one of the most inspiring Jesuits in the country, spoke with us at Creighton to help us better understand what he discovers working with the gangs of East Los Angeles.
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Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. is a nationally known Jesuit speaker. His life story is one of commitment. His stories about the youth he serves are full of reality, blessed with humor, and deeply moving. Across the country - from National Public Radio, the Today Show, or 60 Minutes, receiving many honorary degrees and awards - Fr. Boyle allows us to see into our cities by seeing the heart of Jesus, where Jesus is present and suffers. The men and women Fr. Boyle serves will stir our hearts as we get to know their struggles, their dignity and their faith.
We have chosen Fr. Boyle for this Creighton Jesuit lecture because the Society of Jesus has asked us to reflect upon people in the world through whom Christ is calling out to us most urgently. Jesus identifies himself with "the least" of his brothers and sisters.
Speaking of those stuck in entrenched poverty, the U.S. Provincials have said:
Speaking specifically about the poor of our inner cities the Jesuit Provincials said:
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