“When will the day come when we stop throwing people away?”
I will never forget those words.
A few weeks ago, Beau and I had the honor of being invited by our dear friend Annie to hear Father Gregory Boyle speak at a fundraiser for The Patachou Foundation, an organization founded by Indianapolis restauranteur Martha Hoover that feeds after school meals to food insecure and hungry children. Boyle is the author of New York Times best seller “Tattoos on the Heart” and a public speaker, but more importantly, he’s worked  with gang members in Los Angeles for over 25 years. During that time, he founded Homeboy Industries, an organization that serves “high-risk formerly gang-involved men and women with a continuum of free services and programs, and operates seven social enterprises that serve as job-training sites.”
That’s the formal description. But when you hear Father Boyle speak, there’s nothing formal about it. It’s love and compassion and kinship and kindness.
One of my favorite lines from his speech (you can see a very close version of  what we saw it in the TEDx Talk below) is this:
“I suspect that Mother Teresa diagnosed the world’s ills correctly when she suggested that ‘the problem in the world is that we’ve just forgotten that we belong to each other.’”
“So how do we stand against forgetting that?” Father Boyle asks.
To begin, please take the time to watch his talk below. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, but mostly you’ll wonder – I hope – what role we can play in doing so.