Extending Love

 

Extending Love

Saints Timothy and Titus

“The saying is sure and worthy of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.” I Timothy 1:15

Salvation is a growing process. Salvation is a growing process of loving our neighbor, for only in caring for our neighbor can we become fully human and experience God face to face.

People have asked me  lately if I am pro-life. The reality is I am pro-life–my whole ministry has been about being pro-life:

Pro-life in meeting people where they are and seeing all as equal regardless of the color of their skin, sexual orientation, religious expression, and age;

Pro-life in providing for the health care, provision of food, clothing, and housing for all, as an equal right for all;

Pro-life in sharing of our own goods until all have;

Pro-life in believing that people have a choice in how their bodies are used;

Pro-life in believing that non-violence is the practice of Jesus and to which we are all called to practice. There have been two times in my own life when I wanted to kill someone. Many years ago I was prostituting in Los Angles, and I was picked up by a man who said he wanted to “help” me, and than he held me down and raped me, and as I got to my feet I grabbed the knife I carry and seized him and held it to his throat–and than I came to my senses; and the second time was when my son’s murderer was dying and it went through my mind as he asked for my forgiveness and for me to administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to tell him “to fuck off”;  both times I backed off, and in so doing found peace.  I also found out my own capability for violence and vengeance. All of us have that capability, and to support the death penalty allows us to express that capability justifying it in the name of the State.

Join me Friday, January 27, 2017 at Noon at 350 MC Allister, at the Earl Warren Supreme Court Building when we will walk in Vigil Against the Death Penalty.   Join me in being pro-life in these days when we are have around us a culture of death. Join me in remembering the following who are scheduled for execution over the next month:

26 TX Terry Darnell Edwards
31 MO Mark Christeson
February
2 TX John Ramirez
7 TX Tilon Lashon Carter
15 OH Ronald R. Phillips

Join me in “working out our salvation” in whatever your tradition as we Vigil for Life.”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

Franciscans Against the Death Penalty

Franciscansagainstdeathpenalty@gmail.com

415-710-8709

 

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