Standing in hope

/ 24 December 2006

Today’s NYTimes Sunday magazine has a feature story on LA’s Catholic communities. From that story:

"As Boyle puts it: “You don’t evangelize the poor; the poor evangelize you. I learned that as a young priest in Bolivia long ago, and it’s my ongoing experience. The simple truth is that here you’re called to something deeper, more radical, more credible.” So where did that leave him, I asked? Where did that leave the church? Boyle paused, and then he sawpid: “You’re always standing with the demonized, so that the demonization stops. You’re always with the people on the outer fringes of the circle of compassion, so the circle of compassion can expand. You’re always at the margins, so the margins once and for all disappear. And you’re always with the disposable, so the people stop being disposed of.”