Peniel, June 2015 Temenos Newswl

June Newsletter
Lent, 2007;
“Where Jacob Wrestled with God” Father River Damien Sims M.Div., D.S.T.

P.O. Box 642656,
San Francisco, CA 94164

Telephone: 415-305-2124

On my right hand I wear a rainbow ring. It is a symbol of diversity. It is a symbol of our differences and our unity in our humanness. We are all different—from different parts of the country, ethnicities, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and gender—but we are all one as a part of the human family. It calls us to look at our society, our personal lives, from a new perspective–of caring for one another in our diversity with respect and care.
Today we are separated in our society—by race, creed, sexual orientation, gender, and religious issues. We each have our own little “tribe” where we feel safe. We stay within that tribe and expect others, in particular, the government, to take care of others. Recently I was walking down the street in Albuquerque with food, and I gave it to a homeless man. The gentleman asked, “Who are you with?” and I said, “No one.” He replied, “I thought only the nonprofits fed the homeless.” That is a sad indictment on our humanity.
St. Toribio Romo Gonzalez was a Roman Catholic martyr who was murdered in 1928, largely for giving food to migrants. The parish priest at his shrine, Fr. Gabriel Gonzalez Perez, said of him, “Father Toribio’s philosophy was that hunger knows no border. . . .”
Hunger, health care, housing—they know no borders, or identities. The words of Jesus ring loud to us:
“Then the King will say to those on his right… Take what’s coming to you in this reign. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation, and here’s why:
“I was hungry and you fed me,
“I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
“I was homeless and you gave me clothes,
“I was sick and you stopped to visit,
“I was in prison and you came to me.” Matthew 25:34-36

The Rainbow Flag and its beautiful colors call out to all of us to appreciate our diversity, our differences, and recognize the oneness of humanity, and in the recognition of that diversity to share with our brothers and sisters in taking care of those who are hungry, not housed, and without health care—there are no boundaries. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Pride will be June 27 and June 28, 2015, at the Civic Center. We need volunteers to work in the Parade Area for people with disabilities on Sunday, June 28. We need ten volunteers. You will have a great day of fun assisting people and an up-front seat for watching the largest Pride Parade in the country, if not the world. We begin at 9:00 a.m. and work until 2:00 p.m. If interested, please contact Fr. River at 415-305-2124 or

Richard Wagner and his husband Ken, have been long time friends, and donors. Richard and Ken have both been a witness to their faith, and commitment. They bore witness in a hostile culture, at a time when being gay was a crime, and held up their faith as that which held them together. They bore witness in their relationship by their long time commitment and then when marriage became legal they were wedded in the eyes of the state, giving recognition to a commitment long recognized in the eyes of God. Richard would have been 88 years old on June 27th. He was thankful for the wonderful opportunities life provided and for the love and companionships he enjoyed. As Richard said, “Death is merely the last phase of his life.” Let’s remember him and be grateful for life.

We are beggars! Please help us in our work. We feed, provide socks, pastoral care, and harm reduction supplies to nearly 2000 people a month. Each day we spend time with countless people in need of love and support, and your donations make that possible. So give, if you can, at at; or send a check to:
Temenos Catholic Worker
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 9416

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