“Getting the answers to questions is not the goal of the spiritual life. Living in the presence of God is the greater call.” Henri Nouwen

We spend our lives asking questions, trying to find an answer to every thing that occurs. We end up stereotyping, labeling and thus creating conflict. 

Nouwen tells us to live in the presence of God, and in so doing to love our neighbor, dropping the questions, but looking in their eyes, and loving them. Today as I was walking on the street, a young man asked me to buy him some food, and so I bought the food, and as we talked his demeanor soften, and he talked of having his sleeping gear removed early this morning, no money for food, and of how his parents have always put him down. He eased up, he smiled. No questions-seeing Jamie as the young man struggling was all that was needed. Just listening.

I am writing out by hand my thousand Christmas cards for this year, and people always question why in this day and age I do it. Sometimes they makes jokes about it.

And there is no answer accept putting pin to paper brings me in more physical touch with those who have provided for my needs, and those of my kids.  No reason, a waste of time–not in my opinion. So rather than ask questions, simply listen, stand back and listen.

Tonight Mark Asay of Florida was executed. He was a child of God, very broken, who murdered, and we should see in his face the questions that are unanswerable, and rather than judge, commit him to God’s care; Join me in celebrating your form of the Office of the Dead  in his memory.  Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

+Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min.


P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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