Real Presence

John 6:52-59

St. Jutta

“All my treasures are yours, and yours are mine.”

St. Jutta said that three things bring us closer to God: painful illness, exile from home, and voluntary poverty.  I have found that all three have  brought me to experiencing Christ as my friend and support. Ultimately when all else is gone Christ is all we have.

Dorothy Day once pondered the question of how we know we are praying to the real God.  Her answer was  that we know we are praying to the real God  when we serve the poor and when we receive the Body and Blood of Jesus in the Eucharist .  Being grounded in the reality of the poor and the Eucharist serve as a corrective to any tendency to flee to an  idealized world or  to an idealized the view of ourselves.

Grounded in the Eucharist and practicing mercy day in and day out are the two means of grounding our very being in God. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94109



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