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" Abject poverty, political instability, torture, and other abuses push thousands across our border. There is not a deterrent imaginable that equals the conditions that force their migration. "
" The poor evangelize you about what's important and what is the Gospel, and that that's where the joy is. "
" Showing up in the lives of children is everything. "
" The margins don't get erased by simply insisting that the powers-that-be erase them. "
" I want to be prophetic and take stands and stand with those on the margins, and I want to laugh as much as I can. "
" Anyone who knows gangs knows that lawmakers cannot conceive of a law that would lead a hard-core gang member to 'think twice.' "
" All politics are local, and so in church. "
" Homeboy Bakery is an alternative to kids who have found themselves, regrettably, in gangs and want to redirect their lives. "
" Most employers just aren't willing to look beyond the dumbest or worst thing someone has done. "
" We are among the handful of countries that has difficulty distinguishing juveniles from adults where crime is concerned. We are convinced that if a child commits an adult crime, that kid is magically transformed into an adult. Consequently, we try juveniles as adults. "
" 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. "
" Ours is a God who waits. So who are we not to? "
" You don't really get Jesus saying very often there'll be pie in the sky when you die. He's really talking about now and today, and it's supposed to be like that. You're supposed to delight in what's right in front of you. "
" People have to see that there is a high degree of complexity about belonging to a gang. It's a symptom, not a problem. "
" The desire of God's heart is immeasurably larger than our imaginations can conjure. "
" The business of second chances is everybody's business. "
" I don't believe in mistakes. Everything belongs, and, as the homies say, 'It's all good.' "
" God is compassion. "
" My job isn't to fix or rescue or to save. It's to accompany, see people, listen to them. "
" I feel called to be faithful. "
" I have a lot of people in my life, and I think there's something key: the thing that leads to intimacy and relationship and connection is tenderness. "
" No kid is seeking anything when he joins a gang; he's always fleeing something. He's not being pulled; he's being pushed by the circumstances in which he finds himself. "
" I'm not going to be here forever. I don't plan on going anywhere, but I don't know anybody for whom death is an exception. "
" I've never met an evil person ever. "
" We don't need a specialized gang unit. We need patrol officers who specialize in knowing their community. "
" Homeboy Industries has chosen to stand with the 'demonized' so that the demonizing will stop; it stands with the 'disposable' so that the day will come when we stop throwing people away. "
" Don't forget, you are the hero of your own story. "
" The powers, conditions, and desires that propel Mexicans and Central Americans into this country are so fundamental, so vast, that no action, legislative or other-wise, can discourage this flight. "
" The employer is not going to choose the gang member who's just been released from prison: they're going to choose the person with the skills. "
" I'm the priest who has been mistaken for an ATM machine. "
" 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. "