Obviously, it takes some people caring about you. But unfortunately, when people are as messed up as we were, the caring can't be short-term. That's why a lot of gang intervention doesn't work. Real caring requires commitment and most people don't really want to commit that kind of time to a gang member. Fortunately for people like me, Father Greg, and some of the people around him were really committed.
Monday, June 16, 2008
G-Dog and the Homeboys is a book about Father Greg Boyle, a priest working with street gangs in East LA. I was fortunate to meet with Father Greg (G-Dog to the homies) about this time last year and was deeply impressed by his ministry. Here's a quote from an ex-gang member about how his life was changed: