Love One Another


John 15:9-11

“I‘ve love you the way my Father/Mother has loved me.  Make yourselves at home in my love.  That’s what I’ve done–kept my Father’s/Mother’s commands and made myself at home in his love.  . . .This is my command: Love one another the way I have loved you. This is the best way to love. Put your life on the line for your friends.  You are my friends when you do the things I command you, I am n o longer calling you servants.  I am calling you friends.”

Yesterday at 9:54 p.m. in the state of Georgia Danial Anthony Lucas was executed by lethal injection. He was 19 when he murdered Steven, Bryan, and Kristin Moss, during a burglary. We remember all four of them on this day

Danial was 19 years old, from a troubled family, his brain had not matured.  He should not have died.  He should have been given life in prison without parole, but not death.

Nearly fifteen years ago my son was murdered. The depression, the pain I went through, and still go through, is the most horrible pain one can endure. It is something you never get over.  But I remember the night I stood at the death bed of the man who had killed him, and saw in his eyes his on fright at dying and at seeing me, the priest he called, and I knew in those moments as I gave him the Sacrament of Reconciliation that forgiveness and letting go are the only cure for the pain we feel. I held his hand as he died, and we were both at peace. Pain never really goes away, but in the healing of the  scarred pieces of wood that are our lives there are results which  bring much healing to others. You find peace, and acceptance.

As we approach May, the anniversary month of Zach’s death, as the memories flow, and pain rises again,  I am so relieved I had those moments with Dave, that was the greatest blessing I have ever received. For desiring to take a life diminishes us. Giving forgiveness is giving life and it is freeing, the greatest freedom one can ever experience.

  John Donne expressed it best of all:

“Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” John Donne.

For when we desire a life to be taken and  rejoice in the taking of a life, we lose a part of our humanity, a part of that which is the life giving spirit within us. Only in giving life, only in forgiving, and letting go, do we truly become human. Do we truly grow.

Today we pray the Office of the Dead in memory of Danial, Steven, Bryan and Kristin.

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Temenos Catholic Worker\

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


Fr. River Damien Sims, D.S.T. D.Min. candidate

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