Peniel–October, 26th Anniversary

Peniel, “Where Jacob Walked With God!”

Temenos Catholic Worker

Twenty sixth Anniversary Edition

October 1, 2020

Fr. River Sims, sfw, D.Min.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



Snap chat: riodamien2

Journal of An Alien Street Priest:

“Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs.  For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, “Who is the Lord?’ And I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.” Proverbs 30: 8-9

At the start of the Spiritual Exercises , St. Ignatius Loyola writes:

“Human beings are created to praise, reverence, and serve God. . .We ought not to seek health, rather than sickness, wealth rather than poverty, honor rather than dishonor. “…….

Instead our one desire should be for the freedom to choose whatever best allows us to fulfill “the purpose for which we are created.”

            Twenty six years ago on October 1, at the pizza place, down the street, which is still serving, we  bought pizza for several young hustlers, dirty, exhausted, and thus began the journey of fulfilling “the purpose for which we are created.”

            We are in the autumn of our life and ministry now, is beautiful with blazing leaves, and yet  we see the end of a season advancing in the dying leaves on the ground, and the cool weather at night. And so, we tire easily, have pain from a broken collar bone, becoming wrinkled; sagging, and ever so slowly, the leaves are dying.

             As we enjoy the beauty of the leaves we hear the words of Dorothy Day, “The final word is love.” It is an active love, action not words, despite our feelings, encompassing others. It is a love that moves across all boundaries: age, political, race, creed, ethnic background and brings wholeness.

            And that wholeness arrives as we in the words of Henri Nouwen experience our real human grief in “allowing the illusion of immortality to die in us. When those whom we love with an “endless love” die, something also has to die within us. If we do not allow this to happen, we will lose touch with reality, our lives will become increasingly artificial, and we will lose our human capacity for compassion.”

            When we look death in the face, and not use the illusion of immortality to shield us from the suffering around us, our hearts are open to compassion that is an active compassion embracing all.

            Buddha describes our vision of ministry, “When you like a flower you pluck it; when you love a flower you water it daily.”

            And so we  continue to water the flowers, without expecting anything in return, continue in our struggle to let go, and pray that like the Velveteen Rabbit we will drop all of our leaves ultimately to  be truly real.

“Wasn’t I real before?” asked the little Rabbit. “You were Real to the Boy,” the Fairy said, “because he loved you. Now you shall be real to every one.”

Thank you for walking with us on our journey! Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


Thanksgiving Celebration!

     We are going to prepare a meal of turkey and dressing casserole and serve on the streets of Polk and Haight Thanksgiving and will have our first Eucharist since the shutdown.

      Until the pandemic is under control, and it is safe we will not use volunteers. We will not compromise on this stance. 



    We can use volunteers to put socks together. If you would like to help we will arrange for socks to be picked up or we will bring them to you. That would be most helpful. So please email or call.


We Truly Are Beggars!

    We have intentionally not since March, pushed for donations because people are struggling, and everywhere we turn you are receiving requests. But as we enter the holiday time of the year, we are begging for donations, our needs for socks, food, and support are deep. So please give, and we are beggars.

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

Pay pal on the website



Holy Communion

    For anyone desiring Holy Communion, we can set up time on Zoom or by phone, and celebrate together. Just email or call me — 415-305-2124. We can meet at your time of choice. You will simply need to have the elements of bread and wine or just bread.


    “Creator and lover of our souls: Teach us to release our burdens and accept your love.

    May your love be the deepest reality of our lives, and may we offer real love to others. Amen.”  (Daily Prayer for All Seasons, p. 147.

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