After 30 years of helping gang members, Father Greg Boyle is slowing a bit but still determined

BY Brittny Mejia | LA Times
November 04, 2015

la-father-gregory-boyle-20151026-007In a small mortuary in East Los Angeles, a mother wept over the silver casket holding her son. Behind the pews, photos of Roger Soriano showed a young man throwing up gang signs with friends, a tattoo reading “J13” for Jardin 13 etched into his scalp.

He had been ki*led at 21, shot dead as he allegedly tried to rob a shopkeeper.

Behind the pulpit on that July day, the priest betrayed no strain in conjuring up virtues from the short arc of a life that had ended so messily.

“I knew Roger when he was a little kid and later on when he was a teenager, and you could always see the goodness. Always,” Father Greg Boyle said. “Where Roger is right now, he has the same perspective that God has. The same God that is too busy loving us to be disappointed.”

For decades now, young men who died by the gun have gotten their final benediction from Boyle, who began as a fresh-faced, thirtysomething priest in an era when the City of Angels churned out gang carnage on an industrial scale, inspiring movies such as “Boyz n the Hood” and “Colors” and making “drive-by” part of the country’s lexicon.

read more here: http://www.latimes.com/local/great-reads/la-me-c1-father-boyle-20151104-story.html

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