Father Greg Boyle on Compassion, Kinship, and Real Ways to Help Others

Alan Alda has a wonderful podcast called Clear+Vivid.  I highly recommend it as both an antidote to almost every other podcast and as a solid personal growth podcast.  He is not some young guy giving you truisms that are supposed to make you a better person.  It reminds me that with age comes wisdom.  Now that I am 45 years old, I hope that saying is actually true.  Alan Alda is a really good conversationalist and when he has a guest that is also a good conversationalist or a good story-teller, the podcast is very engaging.

On a recent episode, Alan Alda talked to Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries.  Homeboy Industries is the most successful gang re-habilitation program in the world.  In this podcast, Alan Alda and Greg Boyle talk about acting with compassion and helping others in a way that actually helps.  

There are several insightful quotes from Boyle in this podcast including:

“How do you reach them?” I found myself saying to him, “For starters, stop trying to reach them. Can you be reached by them?”

Listen to the podcast episode here:

How do you talk to a member of a deadly gang? How do you help someone leave that life, and why did they join it in the first place? The answers are surprising. And they throw light on how to communicate with anyone. In this episode of Clear+Vivid, Alan Alda has a lively and eye-opening conversation with Father Greg Boyle who tells how his Homeboys Industries in Los Angeles has been a lifeline to thousands of young people escaping the deadly culture of gang life. And how he answers violence with tenderness.