Questions! Questions!Questions!

“Questions, Questions, Questions!

Joel 3:12-21; Luke 11:27-28

“While Jesus was speaking, a woman from the crowd called out and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and the breasts at which you nursed.” He replied, ” Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”

    There are always questions about “success”. Success for most people is “getting people off the street, and living fulfilling lives.” A church withdrew a grant from us last year, looking for another program with “more success.” in getting people into housing.

    Success is to keep on going, to persist, and to do that which one enjoys. 

    Yesterday I received a text from a gentleman, one I could not remember; wanting to have breakfast. This morning we sat down for breakfast.

    He was thrilled, overjoyed to see me, and recalled our first meeting, nearly twenty-five years ago late one night when he was fifteen years old. Sam (not his name) recalled all the times I simply listened and provided needed supplies of food, clothing, and harm reduction items. With tears, Sam told me that in his worst moments he saw my face, and felt comforted.

    Since I have seen him he has been in and out of prison, moves around from place to place, from job to job.

     Over breakfast, I am reminded this is a success, to be a constant in someone’s life, to be present, to simply listen, and be their friend.  The question of success is answered–I am successful. I love my ministry.

    Hearing the good news of love, and responding to others with the good news, we become mothers of love. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164



A Service of Remembrance of the Souls Who Have Died in 2021

All Soul’s Day

November 2, 2021

Haight And Stanyon

Edge of Golden Gate Park

12 Noon

(Please contact me if you are coming)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: