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  • Sr. Janet Harris has some interesting thoughts on God, especially coming from a nun.

    “I always say God is a mystery. A mystery and a pain in the butt,” she says. “But I am stubborn. I am like a mountain goat that just puts one foot in front of the other. Because I have the big picture. I’ve been in those prisons and I know what they are like.”

    Harris works with juvenile justice - and it's flawed "vending machine justice".

    Sr. Janet’s began working with young people in trouble soon after graduating from USF in 1960. While teaching in an East Los Angeles elementary school, she volunteered in a home for delinquent boys.

    “They were so real," she says of the boys who were largely in gangs. “They were pretty angry. I just felt very connected to them because they were so gut honest. Authentic. They had suffered a lot, so what they said was really to the bone.”

    There she began a lifetime of listening to young people no one else seemed concerned about.

    The teenagers trusted her like no one else they could.
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