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A blog about news and issues concerning men and women returning to society after incarceration.

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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Blessed Are The Base

And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen… 2 Cor 1:28

Brother E. preached and the prisoners listened.  Some mouths were open, some clamped tightly shut but no one fidgeted and every eye was fixed on him.  Brother E's words hit them like bullets that no armor could stop. Their effect was so apparent that I could hear the thud each made as it penetrated their hearts.  Their eyes, many filling with tears, broadcast their thoughts; I need to change, each said.…

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Three Factors to a Successful Reentry

One of the most intense feelings of helplessness comes when someone we love goes to prison.  We can see the errors and flaws in them but we love them anyway.  So, we try to help.  But, no matter how hard we try we can't seem to get through to them.  Once out of prison they try for a while but then they go back to their self-destructive behavior.  Most end up going back to prison again and again.   Frustrated, many of us give up but then feel guilty.  Still , some of us keep trying but beat up…

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Be Brave

There are so many people I come across who are stuck in life because they are afraid to deal with pain from the losses they have encountered.  Though pain is definitely something we would all rather not have to deal with, we must if we expect to heal and to move forward in life.

Many do not believe that pain is something they can face and they underestimate their ability to handle it.  In reality sadness, grief and sorrow are God given primary emotions that were meant to be productive and…

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Everyone Can Help

1Co 1:26  For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

Each of us comes from a background of suffering and sin and poverty.  All of us have looked heavenward and asked, “why me, Lord?”  “Why am I poor?  Why do I have these financial problems?  Why can’t I afford a nice car?  Have a good job?  Why do I have marriage troubles, work troubles and strife?  

How many of us have been told that we are...

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