Peniel, January 2015

JOURNAL OF AN ALIEN STREET PRIEST

As we enter the New Year around us are the voices of war, poverty, racial strife, division in all areas of life. Sometimes it is overwhelming to pick up the newspaper, to look at Facebook, to look at the news on T.V., and even to talk to our friends. People are hurting and they are afraid is the essence of what we hear.

As the years recede I have found that the words of Avery Dulles, SJ speak to my heart:

“As the past recedes into obscurity, I watch it disappear without nostalgia. I recall it with difficulty and without delight. The person who looks toward Christ looks always forward, striving constantly to become more worthy of his divine Lover, hoping to draw a little closer to Him in this world and, after a little while, to be united with Him in everlastingness.”

For me each day is simply living in the moment, doing what I can, and going to bed committing all to the hands of God. We all fail, we all win, but in our own little way we give praise to God.

Each year on New Year’s Eve I read 2 Timothy 4:6-7 as a reminder of the past year, and looking ahead to the next:

“As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.”

I wish you a great New Year and “May the Lord bless you and keep you, may the Lord make her face to shine upon you and gracious to you. May the Lord lift his countenance upon you and give you peace.”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

January is a time of rest and reflection after Advent, a time to prepare for Lent and the activities of Spring. The needs of people continue. During December we gave out five thousand pairs of socks, food to 2000 plus, spent time counseling 250 plus– the needs in crease. In each person we have seen the face of Christ and so we invite you to join us through your giving. As we walk the streets I think of each one of you for you walk with me as does all the saints who have gone before us. So please feel free to give as your heart leads you through:

Pay Pal: on our website at http://www.temenos.org
Mailing Your Donation to:
Temenos Catholic Worker
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 94164
If you need a tax statement for 2014 please email, call or write. You will receive it by February 1.

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