“Be A Little Kinder”

January 17, 2016   “Be A Little Kinder John 2:1-11

Towards the end of his life Aldous Huxley said: “It is a bit embarrassing to have been concerned with the human problem all of one’s life and then in the end find that one has no more advice to offer than: “Try to be kinder.”

This morning as we looked in the back of The Datebook  in The Chronicle at the past events section going back to 1916 we saw the same themes as of our present day, only the names and dates have changed. Until we change–nothing else will change.

Thursday and Friday  of this past  week we prepared and served a hot meal to a hundred guys in the Interfaith Shelter. Over ninety percent were minorities, the average age was forty five; the majority have been homeless for twenty years or more; their chances of not being homeless are slim. They have been  beaten down by the years of hopelessness, and failure.  And all we could do was simply be kind to them.  Simply be kind, speak a kind word, prepare an excellent meal, and just be kind.

Jesus was kind to people.  When people tell us we  are “nice”, that is not the word we are-we are simply “kind”.  For we have found that the only way to find meaning in life, to look into the darkness of pain, hopelessness, and the  endless suffering of both the  homeless and people with money is simply to be kind.  Kindness changes lives, it creates hope, relationships, and a reason for living. 

Simply be kind without the boundaries of race, religion, and sexual orientation, for each of us are   on the same journey of life.  Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!

“Only by going beyond “it’s no big deal” and “it’s just a problem like our other problems” will we be able to step outside our conditioning and see the full import of our relentless abuse of animals, recognizing it as the motivating, hidden fury behind our global crisis.”Dr. Will Tuttle

Temenos Catholic Worker

Fr. River Damien Sims

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



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