Be the Change You Can Be



“Truly, matters in the world are in a bad state; but if you and I begin in earnest to reform ourselves, a really good beginning will have been made.”

– St. Peter of Alcantara

(And as Gandhi put it, “be the change you want to see.” What might you do today to move in that direction?)

Last night I was talking to  a third year law student friend of mine whom I have observed  grow and develop for ten years.   I met him on Haight Street one Christmas Day passing out gifts to the street kids. He comes from a wealthy family and has had his own struggles with fitting in. He found me “weird” because I struck up a conversation with him and took him out to eat, and we have been friends since that first day–two weird guys.  John was an “atheist”, and through the years we have had many discussions. Last night he told me that he had become  a believer because life did not make sense without belief and because he discovered that true believers were the ones who did not believe in the death penalty. Very observant.

In the first centuries believers in Jesus were pro-life in every way. They experienced execution.They saw its horror first hand. It was only when Christianity was legalized under Constantine that the church began to change. The farther away the Church moved from the center of the teachings of Christ the more pro-death it became.

I recommend one book for your reading:

The Early Church on Killing

Edited by Ronald J. Sider

Read it, pray about it, and than act!

And as Gandhi put it, “be the change you want to see.” What might you do today to move in that direction? Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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

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