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Compassion and Kinship: Fr Gregory Boyle at TEDxConejo 2012

This moving talk shows how compassion should be and can be worn.  I wanted his talk to be part of the 7-70 web site because it sums up what we want to be;  Crist like servants, setting aside all judgement, demonstrating the grace God has blessed us with.  http://www.homeboyindustries.org/

 

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The Uphill Climb

The video, from The Philadelphia Reentry Coalition, is worth watching.  It emphasizes some common barriers that people face trying to reenter society after prison.  The subject’s story is a common one, I find.  After getting out, men and women have good intentions and want to start over, desiring to live their lives crime free but encounter barriers like discrimination, prejudice, unforgiveness and mistrust.  These barriers are so formidable that going back to prison seems more attractive…

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Forgiveness and Reconciliation

In Luke 6:37 Jesus says, "Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:” Some people believe that forgiving also means reconciling.  But, it doesn’t.

From the time we first meet Absalom as an adult, in 2 Samuel, he begins scheming to overthrow his father.  He murders his brother, Amnon, who happens to be ahead of him in the line of succession.  David, a shrewd king, must have at least suspected Absalom’s motives, forgave…

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Door to Employment are Opening for Returning Citizens

Based on this source: Pasquariello, Roy. (August 30, 2017). Opening doors to employment. The Hudson Reporter.

It is no secret that finding a job, let alone a career, is a difficult task for anyone. College graduates, high school graduates and even people with job experience have trouble but still have an advantage over those who are unemployed, underemployed or inexperienced.

Fortunately, Congress passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) in 2013 to fund state programs in…

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How to Conquer Fear

All of us have a calling.  God didn’t create us to simply eat, sleep, have sex and watch TV.  We’re commanded to do something purposeful.  We’re supposed to multiply.  Meaning, to be industrious using good stewardship, love one another by helping and comforting those who are in any trouble and to worship God.  To me, this means the world should be a better place because we’re in it.  We may not know what our purpose is exactly, but anyone who is honest with themselves knows they have one. 

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