Jim Carrey: “I Believe That Suffering Leads to Salvation”


Homeboy Industries is a Los Angeles-based organization that provides help to formerly incarcerated people and those who’ve been involved in gangs. It’s run by a guy named Father Gregory Boyle, who has apparently struck up a friendship with Jim Carrey. He invited the famed comedian to swing by and talk to the community, and what follows is a pretty powerful—and Christ-centered—speech from Carrey about the power of refusing resentment.

Your being here is an indication that you’ve made that decision already. You’ve made the decision to walk through the gate of forgiveness to grace. Just as Christ did on the cross. He suffered terribly and He was broken by it, to the point of doubt and a feeling of absolutely abandonment, which all of you have felt. Then there was a decision to be made. And the decision was to look upon the people who were causing that suffering with compassion and with forgiveness, and that’s what opens the gates of heaven for all of us. I wish that for all of you. I wish that for myself.

According to Happy Sonship, Carrey was raised Catholic before turning to Presbyterianism later in life. He’s spoken of a distrust of organized religion and a respect for the teachings of Buddha and the practice of Transcendental Meditation, but has stayed tight-lipped about his current religious beliefs. Wherever he may be in his spiritual journey right now, there’s no doubt that this is a good word.