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259 Nov 30 Father Greg Boyle provides "A Recipe for Tenderoni"

Day 259 November 30th 2020

Dear Friend, There is a Buddhist slogan: “Be grateful to everyone.” I would add…for everything. Part of our culture at Homeboy Industries is to allow tenderness to permeate our lives. This is the great revelation of Homeboy Industries. It is the tender glance that allows us to have grateful hearts and to be thankful to everyone, for everything. In this way, we all find the courage of our tenderness. Then, a sense of security and mutual trust can be restored. It is from this grounded, heart-place where people are radically known.

We then dedicate ourselves to thankfulness and choose to live in what Rumi calls, “Love’s confusing joy.”

A homie named Leo would always well up with tears at the drop of a hat full of affection. He’d say to me plaintively, “I don’t know why I’m so tenderoni.” He confided further: “I’m just an emotional person. I even cried at the ‘Wedding Singer’ with Adam Sandler!”

Whenever he’d cry in my office, I’d remind him of the huge gift this was. It was the thing that allowed him to greet others with awe, honesty and human welcome. Leo came to know that being “tenderoni” was the scaffolding that held up his ability to be a father and in relationship.

When he came to inhabit, more and more, his true self in loving, he told me one day, “I wish my dad could have seen me doing good. He only saw me messing up.” I had buried his father a year before. I told him that his dad was smiling down on him and intensely proud. “Yeah,“ he tells me, “I suppose… But it’s not the same.” Then he perks up. “Imagine my dad and me…both of us going to work in the morning…and at the end of the day…arriving home at the same time. Imagine?” The image Leo conjures was enough to make us both…”tenderoni”…basking in “love’s confusing joy.”

We will not soon forget 2020 and still our hearts are aware of the abundance that surrounds us. We know what we have and realize that gratitude is not possible unless we do. All of us at Homeboy Industries are deeply appreciative of the generous and selfless ways you’ve walked with us, especially during these past trying months. Indeed, you make it exceedingly easy for us, to be grateful to everyone…for everything. May God bless you now and always, Greg Boyle

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