Happy Thanksgiving

HAPPY THANKSGIVING-2015

We are entering  Thanksgiving Week, preparing for our family and friends. As we enter this week I find myself very sad, by the events both  at home and abroad.   Most particularly am I sad about the events in our own nation with our attitudes towards refugees and people who are homeless.  There is fear, there is anger, and Facebook is filled with that anger and fear.There are no answers to offer, no easy fixes. What I do offer are some suggestions for this coming week:

1. First, Thank God for each breath of life that you take. I thank God each day for another moment, and another day of life. It is a blessing, a true blessing to be alive. So thank God for your life.

2. Secondly, give thanks for your family and friends, for those you hold dear. 

3. Thirdly, I encourage you at sometime this holiday season to talk to a person out side of your ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, and economic situation. Spend time with them, look them in the eyes, see in them the face of the God of many faces.

4. I encourage you to reflect on your own fears,  fears of terror, of death, of rejection, and face them, and then look at the faces of the people who have nothing, and who are different from you, and think of their fears, and find ways of reconciling those fears. Think about what it would be like to live in Exile, away from all you know–really feel for others.

5.   Thirdly, I am personally a vegan. The reasons are simple I value each life as Maimonides said: 

“It should not be believed that all beings exist for the sake of the existence of man. On the contrary, all the other beings too have been intended for their own sakes and not for the sake of anything else.”

By looking at life from that perspective through faith in Jesus I have found that I see people and animals as God’s creatures and the labels of religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and economic success becomes irrelevant.  They are the children of the God of many faces, and we are called to love one another.

So this Thanksgiving remember the words of Jesus: “Love one another, as I have loved you.” 

“May the grace of Almighty God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, bless, preserve, and keep y0u always–even until the end of the world. Amen.”

Temenos Catholic Worker

Fr. River Damien Sims

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

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