A Simple Faith: Book Review

The Simple Faith of Mister Rogers: By Amy Hollingsworth

Mark 2:18-22

“Frankly, I think that after we die, we have this wide understanding of what’s real. And we’ll probably say, “Ah, so that’s what it was all about.” Fred Rogers

Jesus essentially said in this exchange: “I, Jesus, am going to take you, humankind, as my pride. My disciples will be my witnesses in this. They can not very well fast while preparing for that feast.”

The simple faith of Mister Rogers was that he was a witness to the wedding of Jesus to human kind.  One of the quotes that Mister Rogers had framed on his wall was from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: “L’essential est invisible pour les yeux” ‘What is essential is invisible to the eye”.  It is with our hearts that we can see what is essential. That is the way Mister Rogers approached life, with his heart.

Mister Rogers described heaven as “When I think of about heaven, it is a state in which we are so greatly loved that there is no fear and doubt and disillusionment and anxiety. It is where people really do look at you with the eyes of Jesus.”

In an example of those  eyes that see the best in each of us, the invisible, and the essential. Mister Rogers once told a story: “I heard this true story of this child, a little four year old boy whose mother and dad had just brought home a baby sister,” . . . .. “He pleaded with his mother and dad to have some private time with his sister.” . .he walked into the bedroom, and asked his sister, “Tell me what it was like, I am beginning to forget.”

Mister Roger’s story echoes William Wordsworth in his sober observations in “Intimations of Immortality from Recollectons of Early Childhood,”

Heaven lies about us in our infancy!

Shades 0f the prison-house begin to close

Upon the growing boy.

The life of Mister Rogers is about a man who is prophetic in calling us back to being like “children” in which we view view people from a perspective of love,  and wonderment, which leads us to seeing the good in everyone, and in so doing our lives are transformed into caring, nurturing, and providing for people. In each person, there is good, there is love, we have to look for it, we have to show them love in return. It is painful, it is hard, but we follow the Bridegroom, who went to his death doing just that.  We are called into caring for all of our creation. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



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