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Temenos Catholic Worker

Journal of An Alien Street Priest:

Luke 2:41-52

 

Matthew Fox has established a new spiritual  Order, “The Order of the Sacred Earth,” which has one vow, “I vow to be the best lover and defender of all of life.” This is the vow I am taking this year, this is my covenant with God. 

 

We are all broken bodies with broken bones–our bones have been crushed through the living of life. We are all wounded, we are all hurting.

 

God gives us a choice: we can continue to break one another’s bones with our hate, our rejection, or we can embrace each  other, listen, care, and love one another, and find healing.

 

In the coming of Christ we have the coming of the unlimited grace of God, the grace that led Jesus to the cross, and continues to lead Jesus to give us the same grace of all forgiving love, calling us to live out that forgiveness towards others, and in doing so become whole. Being whole does not mean not having broken bones that hurt,  and that ache in the cold and the rain, but those bones, remind us of God’s grace, and of God’s love. And we are comforted by one another in our brokenness.

 

We are all creatures on this planet and we are related to one another.  Our actions affect each other, animal,  plant and environment, as one suffers, all suffer.  We are dependent, animal and plant and environment,  on each other, and that dependence  calls us to ask in the words of Psalm 89: “To give us joy to balance our afflictions.”

 

Let us like Jesus sit in the Temple of Life and listen to nature, our environment, and one another,  to see the needs of our brothers and sisters and of all that surrounds us,  and take the vow:

 

“I vow to the be the best lover and defender of all of life.”

RESOURCES

 

Website:

https://www.orderofthesacredearth.org/

 

 

A Way To God: Thomas Merton’s Creation, Spirituality, Journey, by Matthew Fox

 

Meister Echart: A Mystic Warrier For Our Time, by Matthew Fox

 

Order of the Sacred Earth: An Inter-generational Vision of Love and Actions. by Matthew Fox

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Our Ministry:

 

In the last year the one thing we have learned, and value, more than any thing else is the healing of  one on one in face to face interaction.

 

Being a pastor has always been for me my calling, walking with people one on one, holding their hands, caring for them in their pain and their joys.

 

This last year for me personally  what has meant the most to me are  my ten or so friends who have walked with me in listening, talking, and caring for me, and the friends far off who have faithfully given support financially, providing our health insurance, and food and socks for our young guys, holding the hope of our healing.

 

And in remembering this past year, the joys, the triumphs, and the horrible failures, I have come to see that it is in the tending of relationships one on one, in face to face interaction that really matters.  Only in bringing our broken bones together can we find healing and wholeness. And that comes through one on one interaction. It is painful, very painful, but only in doing so can we truly arrive at our real potential.

 

Our ministry has always been a pastoral ministry, and in the coming year we will not let other concerns get in our way of that focus.  We are not in the business of changing people, that is between them and God. We hold their hearts, and allow them to find joy and acceptance without judgment or expectation and in doing so changes are crafted.  Hanging on the streets, is the way we make house calls, and so that is what we will do. We will always have some kind of food with us, harm reduction supplies, and socks, but our primary purpose is that of pastoral care. We will serve hot meals once, maybe twice a month. They will be a low priority.

 

Pastoral care comes together in our liturgical expressions, and so we will continue our liturgies on Thursdays, and Mondays. One in the Park, the other in our apartment for people who work late shifts; Our public liturgies on Good Friday, focusing on Christ crucified in the homeless, and income inequity, and on “Philip Workman’s Day of Execution” will focusing  on the pain of the death penalty in all of our lives.

 

Each Wednesday we will bear witness to the destructiveness that the death penalty brings to the lives of all of us as we “Vigil at the  Earl Warren Office Building” at Noon, and we will begin our visits to college campuses talking about the death penalty and its consequences, spiritually, and emotional on all of us.

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We Are Beggars:

 

We are truly beggars, depending on your generosity. Your gifts provide food, socks, and pastoral care each month. So please consider on this last day of the old year a generous gift, and again we offer the book: Christianity Without Insanity: For Optimal/Emotional/Physical Health by Boyd C. Purcell.

 

Pay Pal: http://www.temenos.org

 

Snail Mail:

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

 

All checks must be made out to Temenos Catholic Worker.

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