Slow Work

This chapter in Greg Boyle’s book is all about the work he does with the home boys, and how it really is up to the individuals to come to him.  It’s up to the individuals to decide for themselves if and when they want to make a change in their life.  Boyle...

Slow Work in Solidarity = Gratitude

For my last blog post I’m really interested in writing about gratitude. My best friend for 7 years is in charge of creating podcasts for his job, and I watched the first one last night. The idea was “What if… we all practiced gratitude?” While in Guatemala, it was...

Slow Work & Solidarity

“I’ve come to trust the value of simply showing up — and singing the song without the words. And yet, each time I find myself sitting with the pain that folks carry, I’m overwhelmed with my own inability to do much more than stand in awe, dumbstruck by the sheer size...

The Slow Work of God

We were there for them, but the amount of things that they taught me, showed me, or helped me with throughout my time there was more than I could have imagined.  At this point in my life and experience, my time at Zmiaca is the best example of solidarity I have...

Success & Simplicity

Human connection is the success of this chapter, at least in my eyes. Boyle’s encounter in his office, with Freddy after another homeboy’s death caught my attention and ignited a train of thought I had not really delved into prior to. Very often, we put ourselves and...

Authenticity

In Greg Boyle’s chapter Water, Oil, Flame, he tells the story of a young former gang member named Miguel who is one of the workers on the graffiti crew.  Miguel tells G all about his Christmas, and how he prepared a turkey for himself and some of his friends...

Success

It was interesting reading Greg Boyle’s chapter on Success because most of the stories he told in this chapter did not end well.  It was difficult to see the actual success in most of the stories.  When he told the story about Scrappy, who was shot and killed...

Measures of Success

Greg Boyle’s philosophy on success is very much like the philosophy of all our service-immersion trips.  We are not going to get results that indicate success as defined by many- through stories, statistics, and numbers.  However, the work that we are doing, leaning...

Success Story on what Isn’t

I think in the periods of life in which everything seems backwards and explainable, which I believe is a feeling that happens multiple times throughout a lifetime for most people, it is really difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel, or even, just a...

Authenticity and Pain

In his chapter entitled “Water, Oil, Flame,” Greg Boyle draws so many parallels for me between the homies and their pain and the pain of the children at Zmiaca.  He writes that “In the soul of nearly every homie I know there is a hole that’s in the shape of his dad. ...