Saturday, February 26, 2011

Jesuit On Inspiration, Tortilla Chips, Salsa And Liturgy

Jesuit Father Greg Boyle’s Homeboy Industries, an outreach program for gang members in Los Angeles, recently partnered with Ralphs grocery store chain to sell Homeboy chips and salsa. The products were the hottest-selling snack item at the 256 Ralphs deli sections across Southern California in early February. Fr. Boyle said he was inspired by the late actor Paul Newman, whose “Newman’s Own” products funded nonprofit organizations. The products launched at Ralphs last month as part of an effort to revive Homeboy’s hard-hit finances.
Link (here) to National Jesuit News 

Fr. Boyle's electronic signature is found the What If We Said Wait website.
An excerpt from the website.

We are very concerned about the proposed new translations of the Roman Missal. We believe that simply imposing them on our people -- even after a program of preparation -- will have an adverse effect on their prayer and cause serious division in our communities. 
Link (here) to read more on the subject.


Anonymous said...

What do gang members know about making tortilla chips and salsa? And since salsa is red, what do the Crips think about selling it?

TonyD said...

When I’ve seen interviews with Fr. Boyle my emotional response is: “Glad to see someone living Christian values. Glad to see someone helping the disadvantaged.” But it would be a mistake to stop thinking after this first, emotional, response. There are many values expressed in the Bible. It is inappropriate to selectively choose those that support a desire for some definition of a “good God”.

“To Jews I am a Jew” -- This is essentially another aspect of “love your neighbor”. If someone fails to take into account the values of a community (or subcommunity in this case,) then there is a serious problem. The problem is that God’s important values are being ignored. In practice, this means that we are expected to accept non-Christian values. The definition of “accept” requires judgment – but it does not include disregarding genuinely held values.

A priest is not a Prophet. The expectations placed on a priest are high, and that increases the expectations for sacrifice. Sacrifice of our values is expected in service of God’s real values. We must also sacrifice our own mistaken definitions of a “good God”.

Maria said...

Joseph:I found it interesting that the website, Jesuit News, does not list the blog that Fr. James Kubicki, S.J. writes: Offer It Up, especially when Fr. Kubickie was assigned the
renewal of the Apostleship of Prayer by Pope Benedcit. Odd...

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