Peniel–25th Anniversary Issue

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TRANSFORMED BY DREAMS

    Edith Stein, a Carmelite nun martyred at Auschwitz,  imagined the ladder of Jacob’s dream, with its ascending and descending angels, as both an invitation and a gift. We ascend to God, while at the same time, God’s grace descends to us. It is a mystical ladder, a path to God, “a gate way to heaven,” as Jacob announced when awoke from his dream.

    We see the past twenty five years from the perspective of Edith Stein in which God’s grace has descended to us, and continually calls us to ascend the ladder to God our Mother and our Father.

“Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer. “Simon Weill “

    Each week we ride Bus 22 between the East Bay and Palo Alto two times a week from 7 p.m. to Midnight, and we sit and listen to people slumped in the seats, whose day has been filled with panhandling, finding food to eat, and simple survival. Housing in the Bay area is astronomical, and they know there place is warming themselves on the bus, before going back to the streets to sleep. We know that homelessness has increased over 40 percent in the last two years. People are afraid, tired, and lonely. So we ride, and we listen.

“The street transforms every ordinary day into a series of quick questions and every incorrect answer risks a be down, shooting or pregnancy.” Author Unknown

    We walk Haight Street, slowly, and listen, we give people our complete attention, and we continue until we walk into Golden Gate Park and listen to people in their camp sites, and  on Hippy Hill, sharing their joys, their pain, and their fears. They are young, still finding joy in life, and on the streets, but they live in fear of being hurt. So we listen.

“The street transforms every ordinary day into a series of quick questions and every incorrect answer risks a be down, shooting or pregnancy.” Author Unknown

At two a.m. as we walk Polk, we find people sleeping every where, in the alleys, and doorways of businesses. Many have been on the street as long as we have been walking them. So we listen.

“The street transforms every ordinary day into a series of quick questions and every incorrect answer risks a be down, shooting or pregnancy.” Author Unknown

     In listening we see lives transformed by the dream of the ladder, that descends from God to the streets.  It is the dream that calls them to hope, and reminds them of the  love of God, who walks with them and never leaves them alone.

    We thank each of you who have shared in the dream of the ladder, and have supported us in climbing the ladder through walking the streets and listening.

“Absolutely unmixed attention is prayer. Simon Weill “

In Jesus, Street Person and Rebel,

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

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We Cordially invite you to a Homecoming

Banquet

on Saturday, October 5, 2019

at 6:30 p.m.

at

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

1755 Clay Street

San Francisco, CA 94109

Menu

Vegetarian Lasagna

Broccoli Cole Slaw

Dessert by Mrs. Dina Tiedje

Let’s come and Celebrate Together Our Twenty five years.

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WE ARE BEGGARS:

As always we come to you begging. There are more people homeless, more people on the edge in need, and we are on the front lines. We provide food, clean needles, referrals, pastoral care and Sacramental ministry to 500 plus a month.  Our funds are down, so please pray, and reflect, and open your hearts and pocket books and give.

On our website: www.temenos.org or pay pal.com

Through the Mail:

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 94164

All Checks must be made out to
Temenos Catholic Worker.

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RESIN

1981-2019

Memorial Remembrance

Saturday, September 7, 2019

7:00 p.m.

Windsor Hotel–Eddy Street

Resin will be remembered for his kindness,

and his goodness to his friends, and to those in need.

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