“Beware What You Are Planting.”

Beware What You Are Planting

Dominique Pire 2 Sam. 11:1-4; 5-10, 13-17; Mark 4: 26-34

I received an email early this morning from someone criticizing me for not attending a reception for along time colleague in Oakland last night, ripping me up one side and down the other.  Frankly the reason I did not go was because with the Super Bowl preparations and shut down of certain areas,   it would have taken me four to five hours to go and come; I will take Louie out for lunch after the Super Bowl and congratulate him on his book. That was all. Another wanting to know “Are you participating in the demonstrations for the  homeless, or are  you going to be a loner and do you own thing?”
And I suppose I am simply going to be a “loner”, “doing my own thing”–I will feed people, hang out with them, and  do the vigils at City Hall and the Federal Building.  What I have discovered is that my energy and time is best spent working with the individuals who are being hurt by all that is going on. One person is angry because we are doing the Tenderloin Stations of the Cross differently–this year we are  using students and homeless people as the participants. I am just doing it differently, nothing more, nothing less. No one has time to talk on the phone or in person–always by email or Facebook.  It is easy to say things when you do not have to look at the pain in the person’s eyes, here the pain in his voice, it is so easy. Email and
Facebook are excellent tools–but they can be destructive and  painful.

Fr. Pire wrote: “There is perhaps no surer road to peace than the one that starts from little islands and oases of genuine kindness, islands  and oases constantly growing in number and being continually joined together until eventually they ring the world.”

Fr. Pire hits the nail on the head of what we are called to do. Like David, we are screw ups, all of us. Each finger we point at another there are four pointing back at us.  But in Christ we can get up off our feet, dust the dust off our knees and give some genuine kindness. Kindness comes in the words we write, it comes in the way we treat people personally, it comes in not putting our own expectations on them, but letting them grow and move on their own. Deo Gratis! Thanks be to God!


Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


Fr. River Damien Sims


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