All of Life Is Sacred

All of Life is Sacred

Matthew 13:18-23

St. Alponsus Rodriguez

When we separate life into the sacred and secular, rather than seeing all of  life as sacred meaning  seeing all of creation imbued with  a divine spark burning within, we lose our sensitivity, and our ability to love, and set ourselves on the course of the destruction of ourselves, our environment, and of our very being.

St. Alponsus Rodriguez said, “To try to know oneself is the foundation of everything. He who knows himself despises himself, while he who does not know himself is puffed up.”

What he is saying is that when we know ourselves, we see our own faults, our own mortality, and in so doing we are allowed to love ourselves and see our neighbors.  St. Catherine of Siena tells us:

“When it seems that God shows us the faults of others, keep on the safer side. It may be that our judgment is false.”

I have spent two days this week “listening” to people in the fire areas of Santa Rosa, and sometimes words are said, that hurt, that smack you in the face, out of fear, frustration, but in listening, we see the divine spark light, and flame into caring and love.

For the divine spark in each of us to grow into a divine fire, it is necessary for us to allow people to enter our lives, and we to enter theirs, and simply walk with them as a friend. It is painful, we will bare scars, but like the Velveteen Rabbit we will become real, truly human. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



“Scripture is sharper than a sword. Like a scalpel, it cuts through what is diseased and damaged, cuts through lies and confusion, cuts through the stories we tell ourselves, to reveal the truth. The stories of scripture surprise, disturb, confound and, with good intention, cut. We need help and practice to listen, to receive powerful, sharp, healing words of life.”

-Br. Luke Ditewig

“My life is based on pain, passion, and purpose.”

Rep. Elijah Cummins

“Safe, trustworthy relationships enable restoration. Share your life stories honestly. Letting ourselves, our emotions, desires, pains, and inner lives be seen and recognized by another graces us to live more fully and honestly. Speak like the psalmists, expressing your emotions, including anger. Speak your pain rather than holding it in.”

-Br. Luke Ditewig


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