Each year Notre Dame High School selects a book that highlights an issue connected to the school’s mission and programs. Parents and community members are then invited to join students, faculty and staff in reading the book. Throughout the year various activities allow the community to deepen their understanding of the issue and share their thoughts both inside and outside the classroom.
This year, the ND Reads community will be reading Tattoos on the Heart - The Power of Boundless Compassion by Father Gregory Boyle.
For twenty years, Gregory Boyle has run Homeboy Industries, a gang-intervention program located in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles, the gang capital of the world. In Tattoos on the Heart, he distills his experience working in the ghetto into a breathtaking series of parables inspired by faith.
Arranged by theme and filled with sparkling humor and glowing generosity, these essays offer a stirring look at how full our lives could be if we could find the joy in loving others and in being loved unconditionally. From giant, tattooed Cesar, shopping at JC Penney fresh out of prison, we learn how to feel worthy of God's love. From ten-year-old Lula we learn the importance of being known and acknowledged. From Pedro we understand the kind of patience necessary to rescue someone from the darkness. In each chapter we benefit from Boyle's gentle, hard-earned wisdom.
These essays about universal kinship and redemption are moving examples of the power of unconditional love and the importance of fighting despair. Gorgeous and uplifting, Tattoos on the Heart reminds us that no life is less valuable than another.
Author Visit – September 16, 7:00 p.m.
Meet author Father Greg Boyle
Location: Notre Dame High School