In light of all that is going on in the world, it seems fitting that we will begin studying Father Gregory Boyle's Tattoos on the heart during this advent season. Let these words inspire you amidst tragedy and join us in digging deeper into this powerful guidebook for compassionate community:
“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.”
St. Stephen's is a community where all voices are heard. This is just a taste of what our community cares about.