Crossing the Threshold of Faith

CROSSING THE THRESHOLD OF FAITH

“Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees and make straight paths for your feet so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.” Hebrews 12: 13

Saturday I attended a workshop on police brutality, in which we saw four documentaries dealing with the subject. What was noteworthy was that the police who were the most brutal were minorities.  What came out of this experience was an awareness that the problem stems back for centuries and is found in white oppression.  The “blue line” is essentially a maintaining of the white status quo of power.

I remember a white college student who struggled with being white because he saw the oppression of his brothers and sisters of another color. He suffered depression and worked to eliminate it, but always he carried guilt;  I have struggled with guilt over the  privilege that my white skin brings to me as well. I look at myself, and I see the privileges I have, simply because of the color of my skin, and it scares me for I have always accepted those privileges.  I have been an oppressor through the acceptance of that status quo. We can even this out by becoming aware and actively working in our own lives to make changes.

The majority of the people who receive the death sentence are minorities, and the poorest of the poor.  As we face the election the latest poll shows those who support the death sentence are ahead in the polls. Eliminating the death sentence would even out justice for all.

Let us cross the threshold of faith follow the words of Scripture to:

“… lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees and make straight paths for your feet so that what is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.” Hebrews 12: 13

Come Join us On Wednesday, August 24 to Give Witness to Life, and to Equality:

Earl Warren Office Building

350 McAllister Street

San Francisco, CA

Noon-1:00 p.m.

Posters and Flyers Provided.

For More Information:

Fr. River Damien Sims

franciscansagainstdeathpenalty@gmail.com

415-305-2124

Franciscans Against the Death Penalty

franciscansagainstdeathpenalty@gmail.com

415-305-2124

Fr. River Damien Sims

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