In His Will Is Our Peace!




Bo John reminds us:”Only by not forgetting the past can we be the master of our future,” for in remembering the past we can bring change to our lives by not repeating the same mistakes. And oh how we repeat those mistakes!

In the last week, our Mayor announced she is sending more police into the Tenderloin to eliminate, the “rough criminal element,” to make it safer for our tax-paying citizens. A repeat act of every Mayor in the past, and an end to police reform.

The illustration of Our Lady of Guadalupe above reminds me that in the chaos of police actions she stands with her arms around those who are arrested and harassed. Our Lady, also reminds us, that the human condition has always remained and will always remain the same: FALLEN–one of the central claims of Christianity.

Human beings, being created in the image and likeness of God, and capable of immense good, are plagued by original sin. We can be and are the cruelest of all creatures.

Christmas is about God entering this world in the form of a vulnerable baby, to grow, and live in the world, to experience firsthand the cruelty of humanity.

In so doing Jesus, also saw the capability of humanity to be loving and caring, and he loved us.

He loved us so much he went to the cross, calling us to follow him in redeeming the world. In his resurrection, Christ affirmed that he remains with us in our struggles and ultimately all will be redeemed.

Dorothy Day provides us with an example of how to live in a fallen world, a world of conflict, pain, and death.

It was through her deep understanding of her own nature, and by creating space for her interior life to grow that Dorothy was able to give her entire life to the poor.

Dorothy was unable to be paralyzed by distressing events in the world because she was on a mission for Christ, that was undoubtedly fostered by a deep interior peace. She was free. She calls us to pray often, receive the Sacraments regularly, and simply work little by little.

Dorothy summons us to:

“Turn off your radio. Put away your daily paper. Read one review of events a week and spend some time reading good books. They tell too of days of striving and of strife. They are of other centuries and also of our own. They make us realize that all times are perilous, that men live in a dangerous world, in peril constantly of losing or maiming soul and body. We get some sense of perspective reading such books. Renewed courage and faith and even joy to live.

My strength returns to me with my cup of coffee and the reading of the psalms.

If you are rushed for time, sow time and you will reap time. Go to church and spend a quiet hour in prayer. You will have more time than ever and your work will get done.”

– 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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