The Call of the Child

A Reflection on A Call of the Child

Cultivating Peace in a Climate of Conflict

by Bruce McKibben

Romans 4:1-8; Luke.12:1-7

St. Teresa of Avila

    This book is a jewel. At first glance, we see the language of a conservative, and as we read we see a diamond reflecting in the sun.

    The heart of this book is not arriving as a peacemaker, but to return to our childlike qualities to be wrapped in the love, coming from the heart of God our Father/our Mother, and become peacemakers. It is a revelation that reaches deep into our own hearts and changes us to be more like our loving God.

    Indeed, the conflicts in our personal lives, as well as the conflicts on regional, national, or world scales, are our conflicts, and only by claiming responsibility for them can we move beyond them–choosing a life of forgiveness, peace, and love. This is the Call of the Child.

    Yesterday afternoon as I wandered the Haight, one young guy commented, “We are fewer now because this is the Great Shift, many are going to the East Coast, and others are coming West.” 

    These guys are not interested in social services, or even a roof over their heads, they are “nomads,” traveling the country. They are round holes that do not fit the square pegs of our social service system.

    As I wandered the street it hit me if was asked to summarize my ministry, it is simple: “To LISTEN, and I mean listen, to give food, socks and whatever I can, and to love, each one, as a brother or sister, even when it is painful.”

    Recently on a church sign, a message was printed, “Worship Times 10:00 a.m, 11:15 a.m. Be Vaccinated, and BE SAFE,”   (L0L), it is not our call to be safe, but to be out in the messiness of the world, and giving our lives away.

    The words of St. Teresa of Avila, thrown from her horse while crossing a river, soaked to her skin, “If this is how you treat your friends, no wonder you have so few of them, tells us to feel Jesus saying to each one of us:

“Be unafraid to know yourself  Be fearless in your inward search. God’s care for you never wavers. No threat can silence God’s whispered call to you. No shadowy valley you walk through can extinguish the light that leads you to salvation. Hypocrites cannot damn you because God has deemed you precious. You count. So take courage.  Come clean. Tell God who never changes, everything you know about yourself, and more will be revealed. : You will be countered among my disciples, one of my beloved friends.”

    St. Teresa calls us to be a child of God, and in that childhood we are peacemakers, and in that peace, the hungry are fed, the naked are clothed, the homeless are housed, healthcare provided to all, and peace reigns. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


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

Servant Bishop of the Society of Franciscan Workers, Inc.
P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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Edge of Golden Gate Park

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