Freedom’s Biggest Risk!

Freedom’s Biggest Risk

Jesus tells us to: “Judge not, lest you be judged;, and “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all of your mind, soul, and strength and your neighbor as your self.”

There’s an old story
from well before digital,
where the knowing master
stops the novice
at the gate, tells her
to practice more,
return in ten years.
She does.
(Jerry Bolick)
To set anyone free, forgiving must be freely given–an act of free love, not a devious power play.  Forced forgiving makes matters worst for everybody. A major ingredient in free forgiving is respect for the person being forgiven. If we try to manipulate people into our own version of a happy ending, we are not forgiving freely. We are not really forgiving at all. It is the risk we always take in the forgiving game.

Brother Curtis Almquist tells us:  “Memory is a gift. Memory gives us a window to God. God is timeless. Our memory gives us a glimpse into how God sees and knows us, how God has loved us all along.” In looking at into our deep memories we all remember a love that we have felt at times, be it God or another source, that tells us, that only in in forgiveness, in letting go can we find true life.

Join me in seeking to live out an attitude of forgiveness, respect, love, as shown through the words of Henri Nouwen in being an activist, on Monday, August 21, 2017 at Noon at the Earl Warren Supreme Court Building, 350 McAllister, Street, San Francisco, CA. :

“An activist wants to heal, restore, redeem, and recreate, but those acting within the house of God point through their action to the healing, restoring, redeeming, and recreating presence of God.”


Vigil Against Intolerance and Racism

We Must Confront America’s Original Sin.

St. Maximilian served in Warsaw when Germany invaded Poland in 1939. He and other friars sheltered 2,000 Jewish refugees. They housed, fed, clothed and protected them. Inevitably, they came under suspicion and taken to Auschwitz. Later, Maximilian gave his life so that a man with a family could be spared. It is through his intercession that we can send the message of tolerance, respect, and love for all.

Silence is complicity. We all  must seek forgiveness and speak out to injustice.


Join With Us On August 21, 2017 at 12 Noon

at the Earl Warren Supreme Court Building


Vigil Against the Intolerance and Racism in our Society

Join to Pray and Reflect in Our own Traditions for a more just society.

for more information call


If you would like to participate through a reading, a poem, a comment, prayer, or Scripture from your tradition please bring one. Please bring a sign, and send this out through your email and social media and press contacts.

+Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min.


P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply