The Feast of St. Francis: Planet First

The Feast of St. Francis-Planet First!

Luke 9:57-62

Planet First: Care Rests Upon Genuine Religion

Celebrate the One Seamless Thread of Life

One God: In Many Faces

Wednesday, October 4, 2017


Earl Warren Supreme Court Building

350 McAllister Street

San Francisco, CA

Symbolic Action is That of Being the Power of One: Bring a bag lunch, as a part of our celebration we will move on to the streets, and find one homeless person and engage with them and share our food.


As we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis, let us look around us, and we will see that the poverty is flourishing. 

The photo is one taken this morning outside my door on Polk Street. People are suffering all around us. You asked “What can I do?” and the answer to that question is: do not walk by, but talk to people, feed them, be the power of one.

Gandhi tells us how we can truly find ourselves: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” 

I have found that the best way to deal with my fears, and there are many, is to lose myself in caring for others.  Sit down with someone, and your fears, your worries, your pain lessens. On this Feast of St. Francis let us remember the man who loved everyone. Let us stop passing by the tents, and the homeless on our street, without saying a word, without giving them food, but let us meet them face to face and see in them the broken body of Jesus. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

“When we gather around the table and eat from the same loaf and drink from the same cup, we are most vulnerable to one another. We cannot have a meal together in peace with guns hanging over our shoulders and pistols attached to our belts. When we break bread together we leave our arms – whether they are physical or mental – at the door and enter into a place of mutual vulnerability and trust.
The beauty of the Eucharist is precisely that it is the place where a vulnerable God invites vulnerable people to come together in a peaceful meal. When we break bread and give it to each other, fear vanishes and God becomes very close.” Henri Nouwen

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA

http://www.temenos. org


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