“When I was in trouble, I called to the Lord, and he answered me.” Psalm 120:1

Growing up my mom always listened to me, when help was needed, I asked, she heard me; There were two pastors through my adolescence who always listened to me. And through the years I learned to listen, I sit for hours with people and listen, and find healing taking place. If I am asked what my I do for a living–I reply: listen.

Today we are surrounded by social media, we run into each other on the street, we get in our cars and travel with others and not a word is said, because we are on our social media. No one listens, no one takes time away from snap chat and text messaging to listen. People suffer, loneliness, and depression is increasing, and the words of -Br. Geoffrey Tristram speaks to us:

‘What you choose to think about, to read, to look at will have an effect on you. What we look at, what we gaze at, what we listen to, what we imagine effects our souls. In our world of social media and information technology, Paul’s words are particularly instructive: “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is pure, think about these things.” If you have no guard, no discipline about which images and how many images you allow to bombard your imagination, this can do violence to your soul, and can take away your joy.’

Let us look at the violence we are doing to our soul, at the joy that is being taken away. Let us begin to listen to others, let us put our technology away, and simply listen. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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