I recently began reading Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, by Greg Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles. Homeboy Industries is the largest and most well known gang rehabiliation enterprise in the country. It's only about a two-hour drive from the school where I work. Groups of students regularly visit Homeboy and its various divisions.
Father Boyle's book filled with stories of the Gospel in action, as well as vivid insights into the challenges and blessings of, as the subtitle indicates, "boundless compassion."
The book contains a number of memorable passages, and I want to share one here: "There is no force in the world better able to alter anything from its course than love."