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“Where Jacob wrestled God”
Temenos Catholic Worker
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco CA 94164
Journal of An Alien Street Priest
Flying with Resolute Love

I Corinthians 12:31–13:13; Luke 4:21-30

The Legend of the Sparrow

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.”

There was a sparrow who dreamed to fly into the sun.

Oh, how the birds of earth set up a cry at such imprudence in a little one

when even eagles dared not venture near

the burning stratosphere.

“She will come down within a mile or two”,

they prophesied with dread.

It was of course, most pitifully true.

Scarce half-way up the mountain over head

she crashed her feathers, as they said.

But when her wings healed, up she shot again

and sought further bough.

She was more humble and more cautious now,

after a brief novitiate of pain.

Three times she rose; twice the wind brought her down,

once her own weariness

At last she clutched a  branch in her distress

and cried, “How can I ever hope to rest

in the sun’s downy nest?

I faint; I fall whatever way I go!”

But then she turned and saw the home she left

unnumbered miles below,

while just beyond her lay the mountain top,

a kerchief head of snow.

Nobody told her and she never guessed

the earth’s last height was all that she need seek.

All winds blow upward from the mountain peak

and there the sun has such magnetic rays

that in one moment she was lifted up

into his tender blaze.

Down in the valley there was such a stir.

A sparrow reached the sun!

Why had the wind and weather favored her?

What had she ever done?

Yet since they must, they spoke the praising word,

measured her flight and paused to gasp afresh.

What was she really but a little bird,

all feathered and no flesh?

Only the sun knew and the moving air

the miracle thereof:

a bird that wings itself with resolute love

can travel anywhere. Jessica Powers

Do You Want to Fast This Lent?
Words of Pope Francis
  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.
Schedule For Lent
February 28:  6:00 p.m. Pre-Lenten Event–Meal for People Without Housing at Cannon Kip Center. We will begin preparation at 2:00 p.m. if you would like to help, and serve at 6:00 p.m. and need at least three people to serve.
March 6: Ash Wednesday, Noon–?: We will distribute Ashes to people who are homeless and otherwise on Polk Street. If you are interested in participation please call.
April 18:Holy Thursday: Moving Eucharist: Distribution of Holy Communion on Polk and Haight Street with Food 6:00 p.m.-? Join us.
April 19:  Noon-2:00 p.m. Holy Friday, “Stations of the Cosmic Christ(adaptation from work of Bishop Marc Andrus and Fr. Matthew Fox) We will walk through the Tenderloin remembering that Christ is crucified in each person we see on the street, and where we are asked: “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” One thing we will be doing differently is carrying sandwiches with us so that we can give to people on the street.
Easter Sunday,11:00 a.m.–? April 21: We will celebrate Easter with a Eucharist in Golden Gate Park and give a meal of Easter Eggs, (boiled) with fruit.
Entering into the Great Cloud of Witnesses some time during the night of January 17th-18th, we remember Janet Boeth Jones, personal friend, and friend of Temenos. Deo
Gratias! Thanks be to God!
Due to our illness, the death of several donors, and the retiring of a number of people our offerings are down. We are giving out 1000 pair of socks a month, feeding people every day snacks, and hot meals twice a week, our primary focus of pastoral and sacramental care are a part of our daily life, so please consider us in your giving.
Donations are tax deductible, and may be given through the mail at the address above or through pay pal on our web site or simply through pay pal. Thank you!
“No One is An Enemy or Stranger, I get along with All.”
Siri Guru Granth Sahib

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