Cut to the Chase!

Cut To the Chase!!

Jesus answered him, ‘If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.’.. .

“A friend was visiting the chaplain of a hospice. In the course of the conversation, the chaplain said that, that weekend, eight of the hospice’s 30 patients had died.

The visitor asked about the effect of so many deaths on the staff. That was tough, the chaplain said, and shared one particular story from the weekend.

That Saturday, a woman who had been at the hospice for a couple of months had a visit from her teenage son. It was a great visit, filled with laughs and fun and hugs. At noon the boy told his mother that he was going to have lunch with friends but would be back later in the afternoon.

But shortly after the son left, the mother called the nurse on duty, a wonderful young woman who was the patient’s favorite nurse of all.

“I think this is it. I may be dying.”

The nurse checked her vital signs and replied honestly, “It’s possible you are.”

The patient then asked the nurse, “Will you hold me? I think if you hold me I can do this well.”

The young nurse did not hesitate – she got into the bed and cradled that emaciated body in her arms – and held her into eternity.

The visitor than asked the chaplain, “What about the nurse? What did it do to her?” The chaplain replied that the nurse had taken four days off to go to the mountains to think and feel and decide whether to come back to work again.

“Do you think she’ll be back?” the chaplain was asked.

“She’ll be back. You learn in a place like this that caring hurts – but when you really care you offer something special and become special yourself.”

Donald L. Anderson

We are addicted to money, we make money any way we can, at whatever cost that we can. There has been advertisements on  the internet for a course in “How to Learn to Be Compassionate in Ninety Days” for $150.00. Let’s simply cut to the chase!

Compassion is not a gift, it is not an item we can pay for, but as in the story above, it is one you learn by doing, by giving yourself away to the point that it hurts. Like the story of the Velveteen Rabbit, who became human as he let himself be torn to rags, that is how we evolve into the one who lives in the reign of God.  When we suffer with others, we become compassionate and we truly live.

Albert Schweitzer once said, “Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes the ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.”

We  were asked yesterday about our  political opinion: We have one political opinion and that is found in the words of Jesus of Nazareth: “Thou shalt love the Lord your God with all your soul, mind, and strength, and your neighbor as yourself.” 

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


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