Radical Compassion


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Radical Compassion

Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor


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.

Gary Smith, SJ 

Gary Smith, SJ, a Jesuit priest of the Oregon Province, has lived among and ministered to the poor since 1969.

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Books by Gary Smith, SJ

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Finding God with the Refugees

A moving account of a missionary in Africa. They Come Back Singing explores the question “what is most important in life” in an inspiring story of the connections Smith forged as a missionary to the refugees in Africa.

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Radical Compassion

Finding Christ in the Heart of the Poor

Through touching stories, Fr. Smith chronicles his life and work among the homeless.

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