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loving the unloved of society

“I realize that God brought me into this world, blessed with skills

and talents. The only thing that makes sense to me is to use them in the

service of the poor. It is at their feet that I find myself.”

or almost ten years, Gary Smith, S.J., lived and worked among the poor of Portland, Oregon. With this memoir, he invites us to walk with him and meet some of the abandoned, over-looked, and forgotten members of our society with whom he has shared his life. Just as Smith found a deeper, truer understanding of himself and of the heart of God through his work, these people and their stories stand to transform us.

“Although its subject matter is bleak, the book is not. Smith has found love amid the despair. His book is touching, at times hopeful, and the kind of book that is hard to put down, that fascinates, horrifies, and rivets one’s attention.”

—Booklist

“Smith takes us where we would rather not go, the heart of the poor, the lonely, and the abandoned. In true Ignatian fashion, he finds God there. An unforgettable experience for those who have the courage to walk with him.”

—Michael L. Cook, S.J.

Professor of theology

Gonzaga University

“Smith performs modern-day miracles of compassion, and his book sets a

new standard for writing about the rich faith of those who are materially

poor. His stirring prose and utter honesty will change the

hearts and minds of many readers.”

—Gerald T. Cobb, S.J.

Chair, department of English

Seattle University

 

 

loving the unloved of society

“I realize that God brought me into this world, blessed with skills

and talents. The only thing that makes sense to me is to use them in the

service of the poor. It is at their feet that I find myself.”

or almost ten years, Gary Smith, S.J., lived and worked among the poor of Portland, Oregon. With this memoir, he invites us to walk with him and meet some of the abandoned, over-looked, and forgotten members of our society with whom he has shared his life. Just as Smith found a deeper, truer understanding of himself and of the heart of God through his work, these people and their stories stand to transform us.

“Although its subject matter is bleak, the book is not. Smith has found love amid the despair. His book is touching, at times hopeful, and the kind of book that is hard to put down, that fascinates, horrifies, and rivets one’s attention.”

—Booklist

“Smith takes us where we would rather not go, the heart of the poor, the lonely, and the abandoned. In true Ignatian fashion, he finds God there. An unforgettable experience for those who have the courage to walk with him.”

—Michael L. Cook, S.J.

Professor of theology

Gonzaga University

“Smith performs modern-day miracles of compassion, and his book sets a

new standard for writing about the rich faith of those who are materially

poor. His stirring prose and utter honesty will change the

hearts and minds of many readers.”

—Gerald T. Cobb, S.J.

Chair, department of English

Seattle University

 

Synopsis:

For more than 25 years, Gary Smith, SJ, has been helping the poor as he lives among them and ministers to their needs. In Radical Compassion, Smith chronicles his life and work in the poverty-stricken Old Town section of Portland, Oregon. These touching and often heart-breaking stories reveal the problems and issues facing the growing homeless population in our country. As we witness Smith helping the poor, we learn the lessons of love, forgiveness, and acceptance that have radically changed his heart—and can radically change ours, as well. 

Synopsis:

Through a series of compelling vignettes, Gary Smith, S.J., chronicles his life and work among the poor. "Radical Compassion's" touching, and often heartbreaking, stories reveal the gritty reality of life on the streets, introduces people who have touched Smith's life, and shares hard-won wisdom on love, acceptance, and forgiveness.

About the Author

Gary Smith, SJ, worked for six years with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Sudanese refugee camps in Uganda. He is the author of They Come Back Singing, a journal of his time in Uganda, Radical Compassion, an account of his ministry to the poor and disabled in Portland, Oregon, and Street Journal

Table of Contents

contents

chapter one

People with Nothing to Prove: Living among the Poor  ¦  1

chapter two

Cockroaches, Conversation, and Collectors: Inside the SROs  ¦  5

chapter three

Talking with Mannequins: Mental Illness on the Streets  ¦  27

chapter four

What Are You Into?: The Search for Indignation  ¦  53

chapter five

Crashing and Burning: The Insanity of Drugs and Alcohol  ¦  61

chapter six

To Love and Be Loved: Relationships in the Streets  ¦  81

chapter seven

Street Scenes: Glimpses of Old Town  ¦  91

chapter eight

Go in Peace: Celebrating Mass in Old Town  ¦  107

 ¦ contents

chapter nine

Jailhouse Prayers: Learning to Trust behind Bars  ¦  119

chapter ten

Poverty Is Not a Crime: Eddie’s Letter  ¦  135

chapter eleven

The Leper: Robert’s Story  ¦  141

chapter twelve

Ashes in the Wind: Death in the World of the Homeless  ¦  155

chapter thirteen

The Pearls of My Life: What Keeps Me Going  ¦  185

 

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JeanAlice, June 27, 2009 (view all comments by JeanAlice)
Fascinating stories, vignettes of men and women the author has met and related with, some for years. My home is in Portland,the book's setting, but I live in a different world.
Father Smith reveals his own feelings and thoughts. he may be one of those saints among us who lives for others. He laughs and cries with the homeless and the barely-housed; mourns their losses and failures and rejoices with their successes, no matter how small.
I felt richer in more ways than one for having read this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780829420005
Author:
Smith, Gary S. J.
Publisher:
Loyola Press
Location:
Chicago
Subject:
Catholic church
Subject:
Poverty
Subject:
Christian Life - Social Issues
Subject:
Church work with the poor
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - Social Issues
Subject:
Christianity - Christian Life - General
Subject:
Poverty -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.
Subject:
Church work with the poor -- Catholic Church.
Subject:
helping the poor
Subject:
radical compassion
Subject:
life on the streets
Subject:
Christianity-Social Issues
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
70-0079
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.5 in 0.7 lb

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For more than 25 years, Gary Smith, SJ, has been helping the poor as he lives among them and ministers to their needs. In Radical Compassion, Smith chronicles his life and work in the poverty-stricken Old Town section of Portland, Oregon. These touching and often heart-breaking stories reveal the problems and issues facing the growing homeless population in our country. As we witness Smith helping the poor, we learn the lessons of love, forgiveness, and acceptance that have radically changed his heart—and can radically change ours, as well. 
"Synopsis" by , Through a series of compelling vignettes, Gary Smith, S.J., chronicles his life and work among the poor. "Radical Compassion's" touching, and often heartbreaking, stories reveal the gritty reality of life on the streets, introduces people who have touched Smith's life, and shares hard-won wisdom on love, acceptance, and forgiveness.
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