Thank You

November 27, 2014

November 27, “Thank You” Luke 17:11-17

In the story of the ten lepers only one came back to thank Jesus. Last night I was serving a special muffin I had made for Thanksgiving on Polk. Out of over sixty people not one said thank you. They complained about me not having meat, they complained about this or that. And that is the way it goes sometimes–and I was asked if it makes me angry or burns me out when appreciation is not shown and s the answer is no, for I am not here for myself, but for them. There is a quote from Buddhist Wisdom I have learned through the years that brings me support: “You should be a lantern for yourself. Draw close to the light within you and seek no other shelter.” All the appreciation I need is the knowledge that I have provided for someone who is in need, and in so doing I draw near to my shelter, Jesus. For when we make it about us, we set ourselves up for pain and failure, but when we give ” a cup of cold water” in his name–we find all the meaning and praise we need. . Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

VegInspiration
Like all animals, we are essentially spiritual beings, manifestations of a universal, loving intelligence that has given us bodies designed to thrive on the abundant foods that we can peacefully nourish and gather in orchards, fields, and gardens. Dr. Will Tuttle

Peniel

November 27, 2014

JOURNAL OF AN ALIEN STREET PRIEST
On Pilgrimage
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As I have journeyed through the past years in San Francisco, I have come to see my life as a pilgrimage. For me I am following Jesus into Galilee. Each day as I walk the streets I am on pilgrimage with the 20-year-old “Joker,” who is a drug user, a sex worker, and he was kicked out of his home because he was gay; I am on pilgrimage with the transgenders who work Polk to make money to survive and to pay for their hormones; and I am on pilgrimage with those who are very comfortable materially, but are so empty spiritually.

Each year I meet five or six hundred new people and walk with them for part of their journey, and, in the words of Michael Ondaatje:
“There is the hidden presence of others in us, even those we have known briefly. We contain them for the rest of our lives, at every border that we cross.”

Each one leaves some of their presence with me, and they remain with me all of my life. I see their faces each day, and in each face I see the broken body of Jesus, and I am honored to have walked with them.

Being on pilgrimage means for us to let people enter our lives, to become a part of us, and in so doing we provide a safe place for them to meet the Divine One.
As we enter Advent, we are preparing for the coming of Christ into our world, the One who became flesh in order that we might leave our presence with him. He calls us to journey with him in the lives of people we know and to be his flesh, to be his body in their lives. There is pain, there is brokenness, and there is much joy.
Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

ADVENT RETREAT—Ignation
Week I and 2: The Contemplation on the Incarnation begins with imagining the Trinity looking down from heaven and responding with the Incarnation.
Week 3: Mary’s Human Response: The second part of the Contemplation on the Incarnation explores the Annunciation and Mary’s response.
Week 4: Mary at Her Annunciation as a Model for Growing in the Virtue of Faith. In contemplating the Annunciation, we see Mary as a model of faith and are called to trust and openness ourselves.
If you would like to join us in this Advent Retreat, then please email Fr. River at punkpriest1@gmail.com
CHRISTMAS GIFTS
This year, Freedom in Christ Evangelical Church has donated our Christmas gifts which are stocking hats; and Juan and Evangelina Montenegro have donated clothing from a late friend.
The law firm of Carr/Yeley/and Associates donated the money for our Thanksgiving meal this year.
Ricky’s Revolution, website: http://www.rickysrevolution, has donated stuffed monkeys as gifts.
Thank you for your generosity and loving hearts.

Christmas Activities
Eucharist on Christmas Eve
At 6:00 p.m. at Stanyan and Haight on Christmas Eve we will celebrate the Eucharist and provide sandwiches and Christmas gifts in the Haight.
7:00 p.m. Christmas Day we will serve our meal in Hemlock Alley and celebrate the Eucharist, followed by passing out food and gifts in the Haight.

WE ARE BEGGARS
People often wonder how we raise money, for we have no fund raisers, we do not constantly send out requests—the way we raise money is simply to do the work, and to trust that those who read this newsletter, and who walk with us on the Way will generously give. For over 20 years now we have not gone hungry, we have fed, and provided pastoral care to thousands. This past month alone we provided food to over 750 people, two thousand pair of socks, harm-reduction supplies, and pastoral care to many. So please feel free to give generously and from your heart. Thank you so much for all you have done for us, and we mean that from the bottom of our heart. Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.S.T.
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On this Thanksgiving I wish you well, and wish you many blessings. As we move on the streets tomorrow serving food, I asked you to join with me in the following prayer. On this Thanksgiving let us be thankful for life and each one of those we love.

Blessing Prayer from National Farm Worker Ministry
Bless the hands of the people of the earth, The hands that plant the seed, The hands that bind the harvest, The hands that carry the burden of life.
Soften the hands of the oppressor and Strengthen the hands of the oppressed.
Bless the hands of the workers, Bless the hands of those in power above them That the measure they deal will be tempered With justice and compassion. Amen.

She Gave Her All

November 24, 2014

November 24 “She Gave her all” St. Columbanus Luke 21:1-5

“All these others made offerings that they will never miss; she gave extravagantly what she couldn’t afford–she gave her all!”

Late last night, Sollie, a fifteen year old from the Haight showed up at my door and was hungry. I found some soup, bread, and a candy bar and he was thrilled. I think with humor of people who have criticized me through the years for giving out “cheap meals,” and frankly I am giving of what I have.

We place so much emphasis upon the “quality” that we lose sight of the person, and fail to give our all. The T.V., internet, and newspapers are full of “Black Friday” deals, people will be lined up the day before to skip their meals to get a “deal”. To me the materialism that we fall play to reminds me of the “games’ in ancient Rome that were used to distract the populace from the reality of life.

Kathy Kelley in our article below writes of the innocent people being killed in the Middle Eastern wars–people we hear little about, and it reminds me of how leaders of both parties use every means possible to distract us from the pain and blood shed our tax dollars are causing, and how we turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to the suffering going on in our name. I urge you to read her letter and respond to your leaders-=all are guilty, we are guilty and as we enter Thanksgiving week to give of what we have, no matter how little to one another:

Obama Extends War in Afghanistan
by Kathy Kelly

November 23, 2014

News agencies reported Saturday morning that weeks ago President Obama
signed an order, kept secret until now, to authorize continuation of
the Afghan war for at least another year. The order authorizes U.S.
airstrikes “to support Afghan military operations in the country” and
U.S. ground troops to continue normal operations, which is to say, to
“occasionally accompany Afghan troops” on operations against the
Taliban.

The administration, in its leak to the New York Times, affirmed that
there had been “heated debate” between Pentagon advisers and others in
Obama’s cabinet chiefly concerned not to lose soldiers in combat. Oil
strategy isn’t mentioned as having been debated and neither is further
encirclement of China, but the most notable absence in the reporting
was any mention of cabinet members’ concern for Afghan civilians
affected by air strikes and ground troop operations, in a country
already afflicted by nightmares of poverty and social breakdown.

Here are just three events, excerpted from an August 2014 Amnesty
International report, which President Obama and his advisors should
have considered (and allowed into a public debate) before once more
expanding the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan:

1) In September, 2012 a group of women from an impoverished
village in mountainous Laghman province were collecting firewood when
a U.S. plane dropped at least two bombs on them, killing seven and
injuring seven others, four of them seriously. One villager, Mullah
Bashir, told Amnesty, “…I started searching for my daughter. Finally I
found her. Her face was covered with blood and her body was
shattered.”

2) A U.S. Special Operations Forces unit was responsible for
extrajudicial killing, torture and enforced disappearances during the
period of December, 2012 to February, 2013. Included among those
tortured was 51 year old Qandi Agha, “a petty employee of the Ministry
of Culture,” who described in detail the various torture techniques he
suffered. He was told that he would be tortured using “14 different
types of torture”. These included: Beatings with cables, electric
shock, prolonged, painful stress positions, repeated head first
dunking in a barrel of water, and burial in a hole full of cold water
for entire nights. He said that both US Special Forces and Afghans
participated in the torture and often smoked hashish while doing so.

3) On March 26, 2013 the village of Sajawand was attacked by
joint Afghan—ISAF (International Special Assistance Forces). Between
20-30 people were killed including children. After the attack, a
cousin of one of the villagers visited the scene and stated, ”The
first thing I saw as I entered the compound was a little child of
maybe three years old whose chest was torn apart; you could see inside
her body. The house was turned into a pile of mud and poles and there
was nothing left. When we were taking out the bodies we didn’t see any
Taliban among the dead, and we didn’t know why they were hit or
killed.”

NYT coverage of the leaked debate mentions Obama’s promise, made
earlier this year and now broken, to withdraw troops. The article
doesn’t make any other mention of U.S. public opposition to a
continuation of the war.

Attempts to remake Afghanistan by military force have resulted in
warlordism, ever more widespread and desperate poverty, and
bereavement for hundreds of thousands whose loved ones are among the
tens of thousands of casualties. Area hospitals report seeing fewer
IED injuries and many more bullet wounds from pitched battles between
rival armed militias whose allegiances, Taliban, government, or other,
are hard to determine. With 40% of U.S. weapon supplies to Afghan
security forces now unaccounted for, many of the weapons employed on
all sides may have been supplied by the U.S.

Meanwhile the implications for U.S. democracy aren’t reassuring. Was
this decision really made weeks ago but only announced now that
congressional elections are safely over? Was a Friday night cabinet
leak, buried between official Administration announcements on
immigration and Iran sanctions, really the President’s solution to the
unpopularity of a decision affecting the lives of so many? With
concern for the wishes of U.S. citizens given so little weight, it is
doubtful that much thought was given to the terrible costs of these
military interventions for ordinary people trying to live, raise
families and survive in Afghanistan.

But for those whose “heated debates” focus solely on what is best for
U.S. national interests, here are a few suggestions:

1) The U.S. should end its current provocative drive toward
military alliances and encirclement of Russia and China with missiles.
It should accept pluralism of economic and political power in the
contemporary world. Present U.S. policies are provoking a return to
Cold War with Russia and possibly beginning one with China. This is a
lose/lose proposition for all countries involved.

2) By a resetting of policy focused on cooperation with Russia,
China and other influential countries within the framework of the
United Nations, the United States could foster international
mediation.

3) The U.S. should offer generous medical and economic aid and
technical expertise wherever it may be helpful in other countries and
thus build a reservoir of international goodwill and positive
influence.

That’s something that nobody would have to keep secret

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

This Is Personal

November 23, 2014

November 23, “This Is Personal” Matt. 25-31-46 “Miguel Pro” “Christ the King”

I ran across a quote in A Calendar of Wisdom by Leo Tolstoy, which says: “There is only one way, if you want to live without understanding the meaning of your life: to become addicted to tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, and to live in the world of permanent entertainment.” Our leaders throw at us entertainment–to keep our minds away from reality. It is easier to go to bars, to route for the World Series, to get the Olympic Games in the City than to face the reality of the pain and suffering around us.

We divide ourselves into segments–social boundaries–and lose sight of others. Thursday, I will spend the day cooking and serving food to 800 plus people. I will be doing it alone this year. Someone commented “Don’t you want to spend Thanksgiving with your friends or family?” “Don’t you wish you had a partner to share this with?” And I am reminded of how we simply put boundaries around our family and friends. For me I am the “mother” on Thanksgiving, spending Wednesday and Thursday cooking and serving the great meal–to “my family”. For to me these guys on the street are my family, they are as real to me as my own flesh and blood, and in some ways are far closer. I remember a long time ago when a friend, my boss at the time, told me when I was dating someone, “You have a choice, you can have the one or you can have the thousands,” and for me it was the thousands and in that choice I found freedom from living my life in constant entertainment and living it in its reality–the ugly, the awesomeness, and most importantly seeing Christ in each element of life.

As we enter this Thanksgiving week my prayer for all people is that they find the meaning of family in all of God’s creatures, and yes I will be serving “tofu turkey”, so you are welcome to come to my dinner at 2:00 p.m.at 1755 Clay Street, and than help me take meals to people working in businesses in the area before I go out on Thursday night–that is my prayer–see all of God’s creatures as your family and friends–not because of blood line, color of skin, social status. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

TVegInspiration
By questioning our inherited cultural conditioning to commodify, abuse, and eat animals, we are taking the greatest step we can to leave home, become responsible adults, and mature spiritually, and by actively helping others do the same, we return home with a liberating message of compassion and truth that can inspire and bless others.

By leaving home we can find our true home, contribute to social progress, and help the animals with whom we share this precious earth have a chance to be at home again as well. Dr. Will Tutle

Seeing Jesus

November 22, 2014

November 21 “Seeing Jesus”

I came in after 8 hours of being on the street, and I feel in a daze. Going up and down Haight Street I gave food, socks, and other items to over 300 people, mostly in their young twenties or younger. All of them are homeless. People often say to me, “I don’t see homeless people around, there must be fewer of them,’, the truth there are more. We do not see them because we do not really look, we prefer to over look the obvious. I have basically stopped taking people out with me because they do not understand why I am totally focused on the street–and not on them, and that is because I am focused on looking for Jesus, and I find Jesus in every nook of the street. And it is hard sometimes for me to look them in the eye for I find myself in much pain. One young man commented the other night that “you must come from money because your teeth and hair look so awesome,” and it hurts because the majority of people in our country do not have access to dental care. It is hard to see the face of Jesus, but for me in seeing that broken face I find my own salvation–for in loving Jesus I too am loved. Below is article I found today which speaks to me:

FEAST OF ALL SAINTS

Greetings from Fr. Bob …
Many years ago, Morris West wrote a successful novel called The Devil’s Advocate. The main character is an English Monsignor, Blase Meredith, a Vatican Official in the Congregation of Rites, a lifeless and dry person whose only passion is books and work. He preferred paper to people. His prayer life was not very deep. He loved God, but at a distance.

Msgr. Meredith learns he has terminal cancer, and now discovers that his faith is weak and has never been tested. Now it is too thin a staff to lean on. Faith should assure us that we are never alone or abandoned even in the loneliest act of our life, which is dying. Msgr. Meredith needed to learn all this and not from a book. He sought an assignment, as he was prone to do in difficult times. He goes to a village in southern Italy to investigate the cause of a man killed by the Nazis. The man had been a Christ-like figure in the village serving the needs of the people. He cajoled and compelled them to be more humane with each other, to share their scarce food and to bear each other’s burdens. He led them in prayer and gave them hope. The villagers were convinced they had a genuine saint and a martyr and asked the Vatican to start an investigation. The monsignor must determine if this was just a ploy to get a famous shrine that would attract people to this tiny village.

He starts to get to know the people living in the village. There is a Jewish doctor who has lost his Jewish faith. There is a frightened old parish priest living a lie, a bad priest who is scared to have an official from Rome living in the village. There are others: an English painter, a local Countess and the young son and wife of the alleged saint. Something begins to happen to Msgr. Meredith. It is called “Ministry” or “Response to Need”–the principal way holiness comes.

He does something that he has never done before. He gets involved not with books and the report, but with people’s lives. He wrestles with the problems of the living and not the dead. As his health worsens, he sends to Rome his report on the candidate for sainthood. He adds that he is more concerned about the welfare of certain souls in the village. In his last days, he concludes his report for Rome to adjudicate, then he disposes of his worldly goods.

He confers a stipend on the parish and helps the parish priest turn his life around. He helps the English painter die peacefully and reconciles him to God. He helps the Countess redirect her life, and she starts taking care of the poor in the village. He makes sure that the saint’s wife and son have enough to live on and that the boy can go to school. The Jewish doctor sees his faith in humanity rekindled because of Msgr. Meredith. The Monsignor, the dry cleric from Rome, is now so closely involved with these people that his last request is to be buried there – a place that someone in Rome called that “stinking, little village”.

What happened to Msgr. Meredith? What changed him? You could say he became a saint, but not a canonized saint with a capital “S”. He had become holy which is what saint means. He had become more like Christ which is God’s will for all of us. He had learned to love his neighbor, not by prayer alone, but by sharing his worldly goods, patience, time, love and compassion. How do you and I become holy? The same way. Simply respond to other’s needs. It is by doing so that we all become more holy, conforming ourselves to the image of the Loving God who made us.

Weeping

November 20, 2014

November 20, “Weeping” Luke 19:41-44 St. Roque Gonzalez

“When the city came into full view, Jesus wept over it.”.. . .Lk. 19:41. .”Risk your life and get more than you ever dreamed of. Play it safe and end up holding the bag>’

I weep over San Francisco every day. I weep over the attitude of people. Last night a young man, dripping wet was crying. He had gone to one of our agencies and when he told them he was “traveling” and did not want to get off the street, he was turned away. The other night a person commented, “Well the homeless should move to the Midwest–they can not afford to live here.” I weep over the misguided and frankly plain ignorant attitudes.

I weep when people whom I love and respect, who mean so well, are so insulting. I am told a lot on birthdays, and Christmas, when I give them gifts, “You are supposed to be poor, I can not take from you.” I actually have far more than most people because I am willing to share. Two weeks ago a young man gave me a necklace he had made, and was trying to sell on Haight. I accepted it., like I accept all the gifts the guys give me–small trinkets, and sometimes they hand me a dollar, a quarter. Yes, they need the money–but they also need to express their appreciation far more, in the same way we all do. Our humanity is best expressed in our giving, and caring. I wear the necklace with pride, and he cries when he sees me with it on–more than money can buy.

I weep over people shutting their eyes to what is going on around them. From Thanksgiving through Christmas I very seldom have a meal with my housed friends because it is too difficult for me to move from one world to the next. The world of extreme poverty and the world of the “haves”. It is simply plain difficult, and especially when I can not share the pain, and the suffering that I see, can not share the number of suicidal calls I get in the wee hours of the morning.

And so I weep, and yet I rejoice in all that people do, and the love I see given. It is never black and white, always there is grey. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

VegInspiration
“Most of us resist being told we’ve been indoctrinated. After all, we live in the land of the free, and we like to think we’ve arrived freely at the belief that we need to eat animal products and that it’s natural and right to do so.

In fact, we have inherited this belief. We’ve been indoctrinated in the most deeply rooted and potent way possible, as vulnerable infants, yet because our culture denies the existence of indoctrination, the reality of the process is invisible, making it difficult for most of us to realize or admit the truth.” Dr. Will Tuttle

“I Give Away Half My Income”

November 18, 2014

November 17 “I Give Away Over Half My Income” Luke 19:1-10 St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

“Master, I give away half my income to the poor–and if I am caught cheating I pay four times the damages.” Luke 19: 9. Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus and his response was to share his wealth. I have been told that I am an idealist, but the reality is if each of us would share half of what we have–there would be no hunger. In San Francisco, if each person would share half their wealth–the physical needs of all would be taken care. of. We are like children asking our political parents to take care of us and to provide for our needs, but the reality is we need to grow up and take care of ourselves and in so doing all are provided for. Maturity is being willing to give, to share, to love others.

James Alison says, “The One who is coming will not preside over us, but will teach us to want peace from within, and to learn habits that make it possible. The One who loves us will come as one we despise and crucify: The definitive puncturing of our god fantasies, and yet the Presence of one who is powerfully determined not to let us remain wedded to our self destruction.” Christ does not want us wedded in our habits of self-destruction, and like our parents, he gives us the choice to grow up and mature into his sons and daughters. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

VegInspiration
In our churches, ministers often speak about the tragedy of loving things and using people, when we must instead love people and use things. After the services, people eat meals in which animals have become things to be used, not loved. This action, ritually repeated, propels us into using people just as we use animals—as things.

The War On Christ

November 18, 2014

November 18,2014

The following article I received speaks to me about what I observe and experience in society and I believe it is a message we need to hear:

The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

The War on Christ
As we approach the end of the liturgical cycle this Sunday, we re-encounter the apocalyptic Gospel parable of the sheep and the goats. Apocalyptic writing, much like the harbingers of autumn, triggers our impending discomfort as the world transitions to a new reality. In our liturgical cycle, Jesus will be crowned King of the Universe, only after he “has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power.” So that God may be all in all, even the power of death will be destroyed. If we begin to listen to the news cycle around this time, however, we might suspect that Christ’s sovereignty was somehow in jeopardy. This is the time when listeners just start to hear pundits speak about a so-called “War on Christmas” (as if the love of God’s Incarnation would cease if Nativity scenes were not allowed on government property). Some have already taken it upon themselves to capitalize on their heroic role in “Saving Christmas,” while others have claimed that with the encroachment of the Christmas shopping season, the real war is on Thanksgiving. At the risk of contributing one more distraction to the very real wars that are going on in the Middle East, I would like to consider a very real assault that is being waged on America’s least ones. This assault on the poor might aptly be called a “War on Christ.”

The Sunday readings remind us that Christ, our Holy King, desires not sacrifice, but instead to be encountered through corporal works of mercy. Unfortunately, however, the sleek and the powerful have been working to obstruct just such encounters with the poor. Recently, a 90 year old WWII veteran was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, FL for feeding hungry homeless people. After one Ebola patient recently stepped on American soil, hysterical calls to close U.S. airports to West African air travel have threatened to prevent aid workers from responding to an epidemic that has already killed thousands. Last summer, 20,000 households were left thirsty when the city of Detroit, MI shut off its water, raised the rates on that water and began a transition towards private control of city water by a French based company. Even more recently, President Obama’s plan to relieve a few million families from deportations was delayed when a handful of Congressman adopted a Total War posture to block the nomination of a new Attorney General. Solitary confinement, an increasing practice in U.S. prisons, creates a total impossibility of communication and has been called a “torturous” practice by the Pope and psychological experts. If Christ is to be found in the least of our brothers and sisters, then why are frigid places like Anoka, MN declaring war on gay teens? Can we not even find Christ in our own children?

While the Last Judgment might strike fear in the hearts of the unrepentant, its real purpose may better be seen as a piercing arrow aimed at the heart of indifference. The proverbial goats are not a people of perceived evil to be cast out like so many parents of LGBT youth. They are the sleek and strong who are likely waiting Christ out till the end time like a sports fan whose interest is only peaked during the playoffs, and only then if he is likely to be on the winning team’s bandwagon. Unfortunately for them, Christ the King is not a mascot for the sheep’s team or the goat’s team. On the playing field of life, Christ is the ball. We celebrate Christ as King because there is no victory without the ball. Apocalypse is nothing if not a reminder in the here and now to keep our eye on the ball. Yes, a Christmas season without Christ is like a game without a ball, a meaningless charade. However, the same can be said of every moment of every day. Therefore a “War on Christ” is an internal struggle. Those questions will not start “If the Son of Man comes…” but “When he comes…” Apocalypse only asks of us, “May God be all in all?” If the Lord is our shepherd, and we truly want nothing else, then our worthy struggle ends when only after we faithfully and emphatically say “Yes…we will begin inheriting the kingdom right now.”

Rhett Engelking
Director of Franciscan Earth Corps

Suggested Petitions:

May our eyes be opened to see the least of our brothers and sisters as God sees them… Let us pray

May we put our full trust in God that He is our Shepard and we shall not want… Let us pray

Collect Prayer

Almighty ever-living God,
whose will is to restore all things
in your beloved Son, the King of the universe,
grant, we pray,
that the whole creation, set free from slavery,
may render your majesty service
and ceaselessly proclaim your praise.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever and ever.

Amen.

The Question

November 17, 2014

November 17, St. Elizabeth of Hungry The Question Luke 18:35-43

“What do you want me to do for you?” The question I asked last night of a number of people, and they wanted food, needles, and simply for me to spend time with them.

Jesus asks us the same question. And he always answers us with the same love he gave the man outside of Jericho, giving us what we need, But then what happens? In the first chapter of Revelation we read “You have lost the love you had at first?” We get mixed up in the things of the world–our status, our money, our loves–and then we lose sight of our true Love. We get caught up in questions of belief, and of the sins of the Church that we lose sight of our first love.

For me I have found that by remaining faithful praying the Liturgy of the Hours, the Eucharist–keeping my eyes focused on the cross—in season and out of season–every thing else fades, and I find the Crucified One in each person I meet. When I am asked what my greatest accomplishment has been in these twenty years it is simply being faithful, picking one foot up after the other and following Jesus towards Galilee. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

VegInspiration
The Pythagorean Principle
“As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
~ Pythagoras

Risk Taking

November 16, 2014

November 16, 2014, Risk Taking UCA Martyrs Matt 25:14-30

The parable of the talents is telling us that unless we do not take risks we basically fade away, we die psychologically. Today in 1989 in El Salvador six Jesuits, their house keeper and daughter were murdered by the death squads–they risked everything. My whole life has been a risk for the past twenty years–and I have found in taking those risks — life; Fr. Roy Bougerise, Sister Helen Prejean are risk takers, and they are far younger than their seventy something years.

Risk taking for us can be as simple as befriending a homeless person we see each day, buying them some food, or simply taking time to chat with them. On Thanksgiving Day I will have tons of calls from people to volunteer–and then after that nothing–take a risk and volunteer, commit your time. Risk taking is simply reaching beyond our boundaries and showing love and care for another–painful at times, but the reward is far greater than the disappointment. Take a risk. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

VegInspiration
The Pythagorean Principle
“As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.”
~ Pythagoras


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