Loving All People

Loving All People

“I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine, and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness” Thomas Merton

On my wall and desk I have photos of people whom I have known from the years–from Helen Prejean to River Phoneix, and photos of the youth I have served  and serve. There is the photo of the 18 year old who stabbed me, the man who murdered my son, and of whom I ministered to as he died, and the photos of street kids who struggle every day.

Around my neck I wear a broach  with the photos of my two best friends,  Photos for me are a reminder of the stories of people and of my interaction of love with them. Through them their spirits speak to me and remain with me long after they are gone.

Thomas Merton saw the same in people with out the judgments we put around people. A friend of mine says that “People are sh..t,” and I agree we all are, and it is in encountering the grace of Jesus that our lives are changed and we can enter into sharing love and care to others.

Our streets are full of tents, people laying in our alleys, and we pass by them, ignore them. The reality is that nothing will change until we make a self sacrifice in our lives of money, time, energy and each one of us give up something-for this to change. Self-sacrifice is not  easy, not very rewarding, but in self-sacrifice we encounter the risen

Christ in the face of each human being. It means we get our hands dirty.

Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min



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