Our Greatest Enemy

Our Greatest Enemy!

“. . .to the praise of the glory of his grace wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved.” (6-7) Ephesians 1:1-14

    Fr. Henri Nouwen speaks to us these words:

“Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved.” Being the Beloved constitutes the core of our existence.”

    Self-rejection is my greatest enemy. I hear all the time words of anger, rejection, criticism, and just plain meanness, from everywhere. I am told how useless, how stupid, I am. I have been spit upon, and hit, literally and symbolically.

    When this ministry began some 26 years and 4 months ago I was told that there would be a time when it would appear that I would be standing in the middle of a set of railroad tracks with twenty trains coming towards me, and it has felt that way lately.

    We listen to our news and social media and we hear the words of self-rejection. And after a while, if we listen to those words, and take them within us they become reality and we project those feelings on others.

    One rule a therapist friend gave me is that 20 percent of people will hate you, 60 percent will not give a damn–but will be apathetic, and 20 percent will love you. It is an accurate guide, a reminder the reason I carry on this ministry is that, in Jesus, I find grace, and love, and want to share that with my others. I admit I am a screwup, I know that, but I try.

    Let us turn our eyes to the Risen One, see the eyes of One who loves us, and reminds us we are beloved, and move out and love others. This is difficult, but oh the reward we received as we try. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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