Archive for October, 2015

Solitude

October 6, 2015

SOLITUDE

Luke 10: 38-40 “As the continued their journey, Jesus entered a village.  A woman by the name of Martha welcomed him and made him feel quite at home.  She had a sister Mary, who sat before the Master, hanging on every word. . .Later she (Martha) stepped out side interrupting them, “Master don’t you care that my sister has abandoned the kitchen to me? Tell her to lend me a hand.”  The Master said, “Martha, dear Martha, you’re fussing far too much and getting yourself worked up over nothing. One thing only is essential, and Mary has chosen it–it’s the main course and want be taken from her.”

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In two hours Juan Garcia of Texas will be executed. Mary’s example calls us to be in solitude because:

“In solitude we become more present to ourselves and to God. Paradoxically, we can also become more present to others. Solitude does not pull us away from our fellow human beings but rather makes it possible for us to enjoy deeper communion with them.”

-Br. David Vryho

In solitude we see the how all life is connected, and the words of John Donne speak loud and clear:

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Let us pray for Juan Garcia, and look into ourselves, and in so doing see our lives connected–and move out and live out that connectedness in relation to  our fellow human beings. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!Jesus the Homeless

Peniel–October

October 6, 2015

Photo of Helen Prejean

October Newsletter

P.O. Box 642656

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415-305-2124

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Father River Damien Sims M.Div., D.S.T.

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San Francisco, CA 94164

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JOURNAL OF AN ALIEN STREET PRIEST

On October 10, 2015, at 6 p.m.,  Sr. Helen Prejean will be speaking at the Philip Workman Interfaith Service.  Sr. Helen is renowned for her writing, and her advocacy against the death penalty.  What is often overlooked is that Sr. Helen is always working as a pastor with a number of death row inmates.  She walks with them on their journeys to death; she is their pastor. Her webpage is: www.sisterhelen.org  where you can read of her journey.

Sr. Helen’s challenge to us is to see beyond the glamour of her role and to follow her in working against the death penalty-to get our hands dirty.

That challenge has been met by one man, Griffin Hardy , who is a senior at DePaul University in Chicago and works for Sr. Helen as Special Projects Coordinator.   He reflects here on his experience in working with Sr. Helen:

“People are worth more than the worst thing they’ve ever done.” This is arguably the most famous quote attributed to Sr. Helen Prejean and sums up one of the basic reasons why I oppose the death penalty. There are innumerable issues with capital punishment, but my belief in the value of each person is at the core of my conviction that the death penalty must go.

 

Capital punishment is the single most absolute means of so-called “justice” that is available in the American legal system. There’s no reversing an execution, no chance for redemption. The death penalty defines a person solely by their worst act. It’s a statement by society that the death row inmate is so worthless that they are better off dead. I refuse to accept that any person is beyond redemption or that any person is better off dead.

 

To kill a person via the death penalty denies the intrinsic human potential to change and grow. I’m not naïve; I know that not every criminal will be remorseful and find redemption. To me, the conviction to oppose the death penalty is really a choice between two mindsets: the mindset that says no person is beyond redemption and the mindset that says that some people are just not worth the trouble. I cannot and will not accept that any person is beyond redemption.

 

Griffin Hardy

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015 PHILIP WORKMAN INTERFAITH EVENT with Sister Helen Prejean

 

3:00 p.m.  Service and Giving out of Pizza at Haight and Stanyan

6:00 p.m.  Philip Workman Interfaith Service of Worship “Against the Death Penalty” at  St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1755 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

7:30 P.M.   Reception and Book Signing

$100.00 Suggested Donation at door.  It includes book Dead Man Walking, signed by Sr. Helen

Light Hors D ’Oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be served

www.philipworkman.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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JUAN GARCIA TO BE EXCECUTED

October 6, 2015

JUAN GARCIA
Set to Be Executed at 6 p.m. Texas Time—pray for him and email Governor
Greg Abbot at http://www.gov.texas and ask him to commute sentence. Killing in any way continues the cycle of death, and revenge. If Mr. Garcia is execute please remember him in your prayers and below is the one that I will follow.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Texas plans on Tuesday to execute a man who was convicted of fatally shooting a recently arrived Mexican immigrant in the head and robbing him of $8.
Juan Garcia is set to be put to death by lethal injection at 6 p.m. local time at the state’s death chamber in Huntsville. If the execution goes ahead, it will be the 529th in Texas since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976 – the most of any state.
Garcia, then 18, was found guilty of killing Hugo Solano, 32, in a 1998 robbery in Houston. He and three accomplices had launched a crime spree in the Houston area, which included the robbery, the Texas Attorney General’s Office said.
“When Solano refused to hand over any money, Garcia shot him four times in the head and neck, killing him,” it said.
This month, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles recommended that the execution should go forward.
OFFICE OF THE DEAD

God, come to my assistance.
— Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
— as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.
HYMN
For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
thou Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
thou in the darkness drear, their one true light.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
and win with them the victor’s crown of gold.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest;
Sweet is the calm of paradise the blessed.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
Thy saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of glory passes on His way.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in that countless host,
singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia, Alleluia!
“For all the Saints” by Wells Cathedral Choir; Text: William W. How, 1823-1897; Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958; Composers: Barnard, Ken Naylor, Noel Tredinnick, Barry Ferguson, Gustav Holst, et al.; Performer: Rupert Gough and the Wells Cathedral Choir
PSALMODY
Ant. 1 The Lord will keep you from all evil. He will guard your soul.
Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the mountains:
from where shall come my help?
My help shall come from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.
Ant. The Lord will keep you from all evil. He will guard your soul.
May he never allow you to stumble!
Let him sleep not, your guard.
No, he sleeps not nor slumbers,
Israel’s guard.
Ant. The Lord will keep you from all evil. He will guard your soul.
The Lord is your guard and your shade;
at your right side he stands.
By day the sun shall not smite you
nor the moon in the night.
Ant. The Lord will keep you from all evil. He will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard you from evil,
he will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming
both now and for ever.
Ant. The Lord will keep you from all evil. He will guard your soul.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
— as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Ant. The Lord will keep you from all evil. He will guard your soul.
Ant. 2 If you kept a record of our sins, Lord, who could escape condemnation?
Psalm 130
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,
Lord, hear my voice!
0 let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleading.
Ant. If you kept a record of our sins, Lord, who could escape condemnation?
If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,
Lord, who would survive?
But with you is found forgiveness:
for this we revere you.
Ant. If you kept a record of our sins, Lord, who could escape condemnation?
My soul is waiting for the Lord,
I count on his word.
My soul is longing for the Lord
more than watchman for daybreak.
Let the watchman count on daybreak
and Israel on the Lord.
Ant. If you kept a record of our sins, Lord, who could escape condemnation?
Because with the Lord there is mercy
and fullness of redemption,
Israel indeed he will redeem
from all its iniquity.
Ant. If you kept a record of our sins, Lord, who could escape condemnation?
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
— as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Ant. If you kept a record of our sins, Lord, who could escape condemnation?
Ant. 3 As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to whom he wills.
Canticle — Philippians 2:6-11
Though he was in the form of God,
Jesus did not deem equality with God
something to be grasped at.
Ant. As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to whom he wills.
Rather, he emptied himself
and took the form of a slave,
being born in the likeness of men.
Ant. As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to whom he wills.
He was known to be of human estate,
and it was thus that he humbled himself,
obediently accepting even death,
death on a cross!
Ant. As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to whom he wills.
Because of this,
God highly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
above every other name,
so that at Jesus’ name
every knee must bend
in the heavens, on the earth,
and under the earth,
and every tongue proclaim
to the glory of God the Father:
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!
Ant. As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to whom he wills.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
— as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Ant. As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to whom he wills.
READING 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and sin gets its sting from the law. But thanks be to God who has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.
RESPONSORY
In you, Lord, is our hope. We shall never hope in vain.
— In you, Lord, is our hope. We shall never hope in vain.
We shall dance and rejoice in your mercy.
— We shall never hope in vain.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
— In you, Lord, is our hope. We shall never hope in vain.
CANTICLE OF MARY
Ant. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I shall not turn away.
Luke 1:46-55
The soul rejoices in the Lord
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.
Ant. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I shall not turn away.
INTERCESSIONS
We acknowledge Christ the Lord through whom we hope that our lowly bodies will be made like his in glory, and we say:
Lord, you are our life and resurrection.
Christ, Son of the living God, who raised up Lazarus, your friend, from the dead,
— raise up to life and glory the dead whom you have redeemed by your precious blood.
Lord, you are our life and resurrection.
Christ, consoler of those who mourn, you dried the tears of the family of Lazarus, of the widow’s son, and the daughter of Jairus,
— comfort those who mourn for the dead.
Lord, you are our life and resurrection.
Christ, Savior, destroy the reign of sin in our earthly bodies, so that just as through sin we deserved punishment, — so through you we may gain eternal life.
Lord, you are our life and resurrection.
Christ, Redeemer, look on those who have no hope because they do not know you,
— may they receive faith in the resurrection and in the life of the world to come.
Lord, you are our life and resurrection.
You revealed yourself to the blind man who begged for the light of his eyes,
— show your face to the dead who are still deprived of your light.
Lord, you are our life and resurrection.
When at last our earthly home is dissolved,
— give us a home, not of earthly making, but built of eternity in heaven.
Lord, you are our life and resurrection.
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Concluding Prayer
Lord of mercy,
hear our prayer, may our brother
whom you called your son on earth
enter the kingdom of peace and light,
where your saints live in glory.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
— Amen.
DISMISSAL
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
— Amen.
Temenos Catholic Worker
Fr. River Damien Sims
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 94164
415-305-2124
http://www.temenos.org

“Who Is My Neighbor?”

October 5, 2015

St. Mary Faustina Kowalaka  “Who Is My Neighbor?” Jonah 1:1-2:2, 11; Luke 10:25-37

Over my desk I have photos of young men and women I talk to regularly. All have smiles on their faces, all are homeless, one is playing a guitar, two are eating food, one is showing a skateboard I purchased him–they are photos of our neighbors. This week I moved into my apartment 21 years ago thinking I was going to change the world; going to build a great non-profit; create a legacy that would remember my name long after I am gone. I was such  a fool, and still am.

And what do we have now–still the same room; I am still the  same broken down fuck up of a priest; a non-profit that will end when I end; but I have done that for which I have been called–been the neighbor to these guys. It is not the stale food I give them, the socks–it is simply sitting with them, listening, loving, hating, caring, and being there in season and out season, in sickness, in health, in the good times and the bad times. As one of the guys said to me recently, “You know you can be a bastard, but you are always there and that means so much.” And so I am a failure, I am a fuck up, but I do what I can, and that is enough. It is all the mystery of God.

“The mystery of God touches us — or does not — in the smallest details: giving a strawberry, with love; receiving a touch, with love; sharing the snapdragon red of an autumn sunset, with love.
– Marion Woodman, Coming Home to Myself”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Jesus the Homeless

The Laughing Jesus

October 4, 2015

Feast of St. Francis “Laughing Jesus” Gen. 2:18-24; Hebrews 2:9-11; mark 10:2-16

There is a painting of Jesus called “Jesus the Liberator” that has him leaning back laughing. We often think of being an adult as achieving the full peak of who we can be, but the word  adult means “moving toward the ultimate”, for so many we get stuck and think that we have made it and know everything. I see Jesus laughing, for we all evolve into eternity and continue to evolve.

St Francis said: “Everyday Jesus humbles himself just as he did when he came from his heavenly throne into the Virgin’s womb; every day he comes to us and let’s us see him in lowliness, when he descends from the bosom of the Father into the hands of the priest at the altar.”

Francis evolved and continues to evolve, people thought he was crazy, and he laughed. Today a well dressed man at the World Vegetarian Festival was looking at the photos of the guys on our display and commented, “You work with subhumans,” and I simply started laughing, and he thought I was crazy, shook his head and walked away.

Jesus and Francis both laughed because they saw the joy in life, and in their evolving looked past the superficiality of our pettiness, and saw the face of God.  Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!Jesus the Homeless

Sr. Helen Prejean Event

October 4, 2015

Sr. Helen Prejean, Speaking
Philip Workman Interfaith Service
World Day Against the Death Penalty

Saturday, October 10, 2015
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
1755 Clay Street
Between Clay and Polk
San Francisco, CA 94109

6:00 p.m.
Followed by Reception
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3:00 p.m. Service of the Eucharist at Stanyan and Haight
With Giving out of Vegetarian Pizza in memory of
Philip Workman
Suggested Activist Opportunities this Week:
Contact the Governor of Texas and request that the State of Texas not execute Juan Garcia on October 6.
Write Your Congressman/Senators/State Leaders and request they sponsor gun control legislation.
Write your State Representatives and National Leaders and request they provide mental health care for everyone.
Sr. Helen’s challenge to us is to see beyond the glamour of her role and to follow her in working against the death penalty-to get our hands dirty.
That challenge has been met by one man, Griffin Hardy who is a senior at DePaul University in Chicago and works for Sr. Helen as Special Projects Coordinator. He reflects here on his experience in working with Sr. Helen:
“People are worth more than the worst thing they’ve ever done.” This is arguably the most famous quote attributed to Sr. Helen Prejean and sums up one of the basic reasons why I oppose the death penalty. There are innumerable issues with capital punishment, but my belief in the value of each person is at the core of my conviction that the death penalty must go.
Capital punishment is the single most absolute means of so-called “justice” that is available in the American legal system. There’s no reversing an execution, no chance for redemption. The death penalty defines a person solely by their worst act. It’s a statement by society that the death row inmate is so worthless that they are better off dead. I refuse to accept that any person is beyond redemption or that any person is better off dead.
To kill a person via the death penalty denies the intrinsic human potential to change and grow. I’m not naïve; I know that not every criminal will be remorseful and find redemption. To me, the conviction to oppose the death penalty is really a choice between two mindsets: the mindset that says no person is beyond redemption and the mindset that says that some people are
just not worth the trouble. I cannot and will not accept that any person is beyond redemption.

Griffin Hardy
Contact Fr. River Damien Sims
415-305-2124
philipworkmanmemorialbanquet@gmail.com
http://www.philipworman.orgPhoto of Helen Prejean

Friends of God

October 2, 2015

Blessed Francis Xavier Seelos Friends of God  Matt. 18:1-5, 10

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?  He called a child whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like a child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.. .. .Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of the Father in heaven.”  Matthew 18: 1-5, 10

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Today our heart is overwhelmed with sadness over the execution of Alfredo Prieto last night, and with the shootings in Oregon. Death should come in its own time, and by its own choice, not pushed and acted out  by humanity.

We all want answers to solve the problem of violence, and for a few weeks we will be angry and want gun control, and then  move on to something  else and the violence continues.  I have no answers.

Alongside our urge to speak of the things of God (as best we can) is the realization that we are indeed limited in our understanding: As Br. Mark Brown says:

“Human words, images, concepts: none of these can actually grasp the mystery of God.”

The mystery of God for me is in becoming like a child, listening to each other, doing  away with our prejudices. The answer lies in the mystery of human contact without the the biases and the gates we put up around that contact. A child listens, is flexible, open to new ideas.  When people call me a “child” I thank them–for it shows I am not judgmental and open. I cultivate those childlike qualities.

I openly say I believe in angels, for the Angel of Death, has hovered over me for years.  I feel his presence at times, and we have now become friends; I felt his presence last night when Alfredo Prieto was executed, and I felt his presence when the news of the shootings in Oregon was annoucned. Angels are God’s intermediaries, and when we listen we  hear God speaking.

I am asked often why I keep my distance from organized religion, why I am “outside the gates”, and a part of that has been my experience years ago of being abused and kicked out, and one part is of its treatment of those outside of its tribe like homeless people, and the other is that organized religion does not get its hands dirty. It does not move out in large part, not all, but most to speak to the needs of the homeless, and the violence in our society.

Dr. Will Tuttle sums it up in these words about veganism, but it translates into all of the issues in society:


“Religion’s turning away has allowed the atrocities to continue and legitimized the turning away of the general population. This turning away is the paradigmatic learning that our culture specializes in, particularly with regard to the plight of the animals we eat and use; it is the everyday teaching of not seeing, not caring, disconnecting, and ignoring.”

We need to to turn back to be involved in humanity as a little child–removing our judgments, our fears, our biases and be open to one another,  offering love and care, and compassion, and we need to listen for our Angels and the messages they bring from God. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Religion’s turning away has allowed the atrocities to continue and legitimized the turning away of the general population. This turning away is the paradigmatic learning that our culture specializes in, particularly with regard to the plight of the animals we eat and use; it is the everyday teaching of not seeing, not caring, disconnecting, and ignoring.
Jesus the Homeless

Alfredo Prieto Has Been Executed

October 2, 2015

ALFREDO PRIETO HAS BEEN EXECUTED

Alfredo Prieto has been executed. I invite you to pray THE OFFICE OF THE DEAD if you are Christian; or the similar liturgy in your own faith; or take a few minutes and remember in silence the soul of this man.
OFFICE OF THE DEAD

God, come to my assistance.
— Lord, make haste to help me.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
— as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia.
HYMN
For all the saints, who from their labors rest,
who thee by faith before the world confessed,
thy name, O Jesus, be forever blest.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
Thou wast their rock, their fortress, and their might;
thou Lord, their captain in the well-fought fight;
thou in the darkness drear, their one true light.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
O may thy soldiers, faithful, true, and bold,
fight as the saints who nobly fought of old,
and win with them the victor’s crown of gold.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
The golden evening brightens in the west;
Soon, soon to faithful warriors cometh rest;
Sweet is the calm of paradise the blessed.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day;
Thy saints triumphant rise in bright array;
The King of glory passes on His way.
Alleluia, Alleluia!
From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast,
through gates of pearl streams in that countless host,
singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost:
Alleluia, Alleluia!
“For all the Saints” by Wells Cathedral Choir; Text: William W. How, 1823-1897; Music: Ralph Vaughan Williams, 1872-1958; Composers: Barnard, Ken Naylor, Noel Tredinnick, Barry Ferguson, Gustav Holst, et al.; Performer: Rupert Gough and the Wells Cathedral Choir
PSALMODY
Ant. 1 The Lord will keep you from all evil. He will guard your soul.
Psalm 121
I lift up my eyes to the mountains:
from where shall come my help?
My help shall come from the Lord
who made heaven and earth.
Ant. The Lord will keep you from all evil. He will guard your soul.
May he never allow you to stumble!
Let him sleep not, your guard.
No, he sleeps not nor slumbers,
Israel’s guard.
Ant. The Lord will keep you from all evil. He will guard your soul.
The Lord is your guard and your shade;
at your right side he stands.
By day the sun shall not smite you
nor the moon in the night.
Ant. The Lord will keep you from all evil. He will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard you from evil,
he will guard your soul.
The Lord will guard your going and coming
both now and for ever.
Ant. The Lord will keep you from all evil. He will guard your soul.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
— as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Ant. The Lord will keep you from all evil. He will guard your soul.
Ant. 2 If you kept a record of our sins, Lord, who could escape condemnation?
Psalm 130
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord,
Lord, hear my voice!
0 let your ears be attentive
to the voice of my pleading.
Ant. If you kept a record of our sins, Lord, who could escape condemnation?
If you, O Lord, should mark our guilt,
Lord, who would survive?
But with you is found forgiveness:
for this we revere you.
Ant. If you kept a record of our sins, Lord, who could escape condemnation?
My soul is waiting for the Lord,
I count on his word.
My soul is longing for the Lord
more than watchman for daybreak.
Let the watchman count on daybreak
and Israel on the Lord.
Ant. If you kept a record of our sins, Lord, who could escape condemnation?
Because with the Lord there is mercy
and fullness of redemption,
Israel indeed he will redeem
from all its iniquity.
Ant. If you kept a record of our sins, Lord, who could escape condemnation?
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
— as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Ant. If you kept a record of our sins, Lord, who could escape condemnation?
Ant. 3 As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to whom he wills.
Canticle — Philippians 2:6-11
Though he was in the form of God,
Jesus did not deem equality with God
something to be grasped at.
Ant. As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to whom he wills.
Rather, he emptied himself
and took the form of a slave,
being born in the likeness of men.
Ant. As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to whom he wills.
He was known to be of human estate,
and it was thus that he humbled himself,
obediently accepting even death,
death on a cross!
Ant. As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to whom he wills.
Because of this,
God highly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
above every other name,
so that at Jesus’ name
every knee must bend
in the heavens, on the earth,
and under the earth,
and every tongue proclaim
to the glory of God the Father:
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!
Ant. As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to whom he wills.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit:
— as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.
Ant. As the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so the Son gives life to whom he wills.
READING 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and sin gets its sting from the law. But thanks be to God who has given us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sacred Silence (indicated by a bell) – a moment to reflect and receive in our hearts the full resonance of the voice of the Holy Spirit and to unite our personal prayer more closely with the word of God and public voice of the Church.
RESPONSORY
In you, Lord, is our hope. We shall never hope in vain.
— In you, Lord, is our hope. We shall never hope in vain.
We shall dance and rejoice in your mercy.
— We shall never hope in vain.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
— In you, Lord, is our hope. We shall never hope in vain.
CANTICLE OF MARY
Ant. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I shall not turn away.
Luke 1:46-55
The soul rejoices in the Lord
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.
Ant. All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I shall not turn away.
INTERCESSIONS
We acknowledge Christ the Lord through whom we hope that our lowly bodies will be made like his in glory, and we say:
Lord, you are our life and resurrection.
Christ, Son of the living God, who raised up Lazarus, your friend, from the dead,
— raise up to life and glory the dead whom you have redeemed by your precious blood.
Lord, you are our life and resurrection.
Christ, consoler of those who mourn, you dried the tears of the family of Lazarus, of the widow’s son, and the daughter of Jairus,
— comfort those who mourn for the dead.
Lord, you are our life and resurrection.
Christ, Savior, destroy the reign of sin in our earthly bodies, so that just as through sin we deserved punishment, — so through you we may gain eternal life.
Lord, you are our life and resurrection.
Christ, Redeemer, look on those who have no hope because they do not know you,
— may they receive faith in the resurrection and in the life of the world to come.
Lord, you are our life and resurrection.
You revealed yourself to the blind man who begged for the light of his eyes,
— show your face to the dead who are still deprived of your light.
Lord, you are our life and resurrection.
When at last our earthly home is dissolved,
— give us a home, not of earthly making, but built of eternity in heaven.
Lord, you are our life and resurrection.
Our Father who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Concluding Prayer
Lord of mercy,
hear our prayer, may our brother
whom you called your son on earth
enter the kingdom of peace and light,
where your saints live in glory.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
— Amen.
DISMISSAL
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life.
— Amen.
Temenos Catholic Worker
Fr. River Damien Sims
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 94164
415-305-2124
http://www.temenos.org

“The Little Way”

October 1, 2015

St. Therese of Lisieux  “The Little  Way” Luke 10:1-12

St Therese is one of my favorite saints, for she has provided a frame work for ministry that is sustaining and fulfilling.  She believed that all of our daily actions are performed in the presence of God–all actions are sacramental–“I am a very little soul who can only offer very little things to our Lord.” For me that integrates everything–be it washing dishes, cooking food, cleaning restrooms, washing clothes, going to the food bank, feeding people–everything is a sacramental act. All acts are integrated together in the service of Christ.

Secondly, she reminds us that following Christ is not easy. A story is told of her crossing a creek after a storm, and the wagon breaks down in the midst of an overflowing creek, and she gets a  soaking and as she walks out Therese says: “”God this is the way you treat your followers, you really do not treat us well.”  Discipleship is walking the path of Christ–through the over flowing creeks of life.

Thirdly, we remember Alfredo Prieto who will be executed in Virginia today. Alfredo is a foreign citizen, mentally ill, and he is  the worst of the worst.  He is a serial killer.  Today he will not have famous people pleading for his life, not have petitions flowing on Change .org to save his life. He is a no-body, and he is guilty.  But the words of Therese tell us how we should act: “In the heart of the Church who is my Mother, I will be love.”   Jesus died for all of us, he took upon himself our sins–we should let the sins of others stay with Christ-it is not our place to take or want to take a life. 

I remember as a young boy two events: my dad took me hunting for the first time–and I shot a dove–and I became sick to my stomach–never again did I shoot another creature; one day when I was 12 I walked out the back door of our house  and not watching where I was stepping,  stepped on a little kitten, killing him, to this day I cry when I think of that event.  Life is sacred, we are not the one’s to choose to take it. So today pray for Alfredo. Lift him up to God.

It is in the little things of life that Christ comes to us. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!