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Faith in Action Book Club: Tattoos on the Heart – Final Reflection and Questions

We are looking forward to our Faith in Action Book Club on Wednesday, November 8! We will meet in the St. Justin Gathering space at 7 pm.  Here are our final reflection questions for our Tattoos on the Heart book club:

  • Rival gang members worked side by side in Rev Boyle’s first humanitarian business venture, Homeboy Bakery. How did this unusual arrangement—enemies working together— play out? Can you think of ways this approach might work in a different context of conflict?
  • Rev. Boyle talks about offering opportunities, not to people who need help but to those who want it. What difference do you think this makes?
  • In the preface, Rev. Boyle explains the title and his hope that readers will tattoo these stories onto their hearts. Which of these stories about Greg’s work stuck with you most?

Spiritual Reflection

“Then the king will say to those on his right,
‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father.
Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.’

“Then the righteous will answer him and say,
‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you?
When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’

“And the king will say to them in reply,
‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did
for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me’”

(excerpted from Matthew 25:31-46).

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