Like A Child


St. Christopher Magallanes     Mark 10:13-16

“Truly I tell you whoever does not receive the kingdom as a little child will never enter it. (verse 15)

We are    always being asked, “What can be done about homelessness?” For us  the solution can be found in the way the “children” around us  deal with it. Every week for the past six weeks one fifteen year old who hangs out with us gives of his last dollar to provide for Haight Street youth.  Haight Street youth are always giving of what they have to help each other. When we were  taken to the hospital last summer after being stabbed two Haight Street youth sat with us through the night; when we were sick one slept on our floor.  When we  were in the hospital three weeks ago it was one young adult who stayed with us. When we become like children we are open to the needs of others. We give equally and gladly.

Today we noticed in a real estate window a list of apartments–the prices shocked us, stunned us.  No one can rent these places without making a fortune.  The  response we hear is  no response, or if you do not have the money move on.  If we became like children we would share of what we have, so that others might have. Our churches would not stand vacant at night, but would provide housing, as well as our  office buildings, and people would be fed.  Hospitality would be provided through out the City.

The only system that will change our “homeless problem” is a  change of heart, a change in which we open our lives as little children to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters. 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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