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Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion by Gregory Boyle
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“Close both eyes see with the other one. Then we are no longer saddled by the burden of our persistent judgments our ceaseless withholding our constant exclusion. Our sphere has widened and we find ourselves quite unexpectedly in a new expansive location in a place of endless acceptance and infinite love.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“Here is what we seek: a compassion that can stand in awe at what the poor have to carry rather than stand in judgment at how they carry it.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“Kindness is the only strength there is.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“No daylight to separate us.

Only kinship. Inching ourselves closer to creating a community of kinship such that God might recognize it. Soon we imagine, with God, this circle of compassion. Then we imagine no one standing outside of that circle, moving ourselves closer to the margins so that the margins themselves will be erased. We stand there with those whose dignity has been denied. We locate ourselves with the poor and the powerless and the voiceless. At the edges, we join the easily despised and the readily left out. We stand with the demonized so that the demonizing will stop. We situate ourselves right next to the disposable so that the day will come when we stop throwing people away.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“If there is a fundamental challenge within these stories, it is simply to change our lurking suspicion that some lives matter less than other lives.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“Sometimes resilience arrives in the moment you discover your own unshakeable goodness.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“Compassion isn't just about feeling the pain of others; it's about bringing them in toward yourself. If we love what God loves, then, in compassion, margins get erased. 'Be compassionate as God is compassionate,' means the dismantling of barriers that exclude.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“God would seem to be too occupied in being unable to take Her eyes off of us to spend any time raising an eyebrow in disapproval.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“Kinship– not serving the other, but being one with the other. Jesus was not “a man for others”; he was one with them. There is a world of difference in that.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“Success and failure, ultimately, have little to do with living the gospel. Jesus just stood with the outcasts until they were welcomed or until he was crucified — whichever came first.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“God can get tiny, if we're not careful.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“It's my first day teaching," I say to her, "Give me some advice."

"Two things," she says, "One: know all their names by tomorrow. Two: It's more important that they know you than that they know what you know.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“There is no force in the world better able to alter anything from its course than love.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a covenant between equals. Al Sharpton always says, "We're all created equal, but we don't all end up equal.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“Pema Chodron, an ordained Buddhist nun, writes of compassion and suggests that its truest measure lies not in our service of those on the margins, but in our willingness to see ourselves in kinship with them.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“The principle suffering of the poor is shame and disgrace. It is a toxic shame -- a global sense of failure of the whole self. This shame can seep so deep down... To this end, one hopes (against all human inclination) to model not the "one false move" God but the "no matter whatness" of God. You seek to imitate the kind of God you believe in, where disappointment is, well, Greek to Him. You strive to live the black spiritual that says, "God looks beyond our fault and sees our need.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“You stand with the least likely to succeed until success is succeeded by something more valuable: kinship. You stand with the belligerent, the surly, and the badly behaved until bad behavior is recognized for the language it is: the vocabulary of the deeply wounded and of those whose burdens are more than they can bear.”
Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“Terror melting into wonder, then slipping into peace.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“The God, who is greater than God, has only one thing on Her mind, and that is to drop, endlessly, rose petals on our heads. Behold the One who can't take His eyes off of you. Marinate in the vastness of that.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“The strategy of Jesus is not centered in taking the right stand on issues, but rather in standing in the right place—with the outcast and those relegated to the margins.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“How, then, to imagine, the expansive heart of this God—greater than God—who takes seven buses, just to arrive at us. We settle sometimes for less than intimacy with God when all God longs for is this solidarity with us. In Spanish, when you speak of your great friend, you describe the union and kinship as being de uña y mugre—our friendship is like the fingernail and the dirt under it. Our image of who God is and what’s on God’s mind is more tiny than it is troubled. It trips more on our puny sense of God than over conflicting creedal statements or theological considerations. The desire of God’s heart is immeasurably larger than our imaginations can conjure. This longing of God’s to give us peace and assurance and a sense of well-being only awaits our willingness to cooperate with God’s limitless magnanimity.”
Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“Can we stay faithful and persistent in our fidelity even when things seem not to succeed? I suppose Jesus could have chosen a strategy that worked better (evidence-based outcomes) — that didn't end in the Cross — but he couldn't find a strategy more soaked with fidelity that the one he embraced”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“Scripture scholars contend that the original language of the Beatitudes should not be rendered as "Blessed are the single-hearted" or "Blessed are the peacemakers" or "Blessed are those who struggle for justice." Greater precision in translation would say, "You're in the right place if...you are single-hearted or work for peace." The Beatitudes is not a spirituality, after all. It's a geography. It tells us where to stand.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“The self cannot survive without love, and the self, starved of love, dies. The absence of self-love is shame, "just as cold is the absence of warmth." Disgrace obscuring the son... Franciscan Richard Rohr writes that "the Lord comes to us disguised as ourselves.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“We constantly lived in the paradox of precariousness. The money was never there when you needed it, and it was always on time.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“The poet Kabir asks, "What is God?" Then he answers his own question: "God is the breath inside the breath.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“Jesus, in Matthew's gospel, says, "How narrow is the gate that leads to life." Mistakenly, I think, we've come to believe that this is about restriction. The way is narrow. But really it wants us to see that narrowness is the way... It's about funneling ourselves into a central place. Our choice is not to focus on the narrow, but to narrow our focus. The gate that leads to life is not about restriction at all. it is about an entry into the expansive. There is a vastness in knowing you're a son/daughter worth having. We see our plentitude in God's own expansive view of us.”
Gregory J. Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“Jesus says, "You are the light of the world." I like even more what Jesus doesn't say. He does not say, "One day, if you are more perfect and try really hard, you'll be light." He doesn't say, "If you play by the rules, cross your T's and dot your I's, then maybe you'll become light." No. He says, straight out, "You are light." It is the truth of who you are, waiting only for you to discover it. So, for God's sake, don't move. No need to contort yourself to be anything other than who you are.”
Greg Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“With That Moon Language Admit something: Everyone you see, you say to them, “Love me.” Of course you do not do this out loud; Otherwise, Someone would call the cops. Still though, think about this, This great pull in us to connect. Why not become the one Who lives with a full moon in each eye That is always saying With that sweet moon Language What every other eye in this world Is dying to Hear.”
Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“It is an essential tenet of Buddhism that we can begin to change the world by first changing how we look at the world.”
Greg Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

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