About Greg Boyle:
Gregory "Greg" Joseph Boyle is an American Jesuit priest. He is the founder and Director of Homeboy Industries and former pastor of Dolores Mission Church.
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.
At its best, an injunction creates a kind of vigilant heat that moves kids toward the light.
The business of second chances is everybody's business.
Young people can change and grow. Every parent knows that.
Even gang members imagine a future that doesn't include gangs.
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.
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.'
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.
The arms of God reach to embrace, and somehow you feel yourself just outside God's fingertips.
The desire of God's heart is immeasurably larger than our imaginations can conjure.
God seems to be an unwilling participant in our efforts to pigeonhole Him.
Ours is a God who waits. So who are we not to?
You are exactly what God had in mind when he made you.
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.'
God can get tiny if we're not careful.
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.
I wouldn't trade my life for anybody's.
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.
Jesus did not only serve the needs of the people, but truly hoped that the people and Jesus would be one.
I kinda don't do guilt. I gave it up for Lent years ago.