A Long Retirement!

A Long Retirement!

This morning I drove to Northridge Mall to meet Matt at BJ’s for lunch; and returned to the Haight, where I talked to people and put posters around for the Day of the Dead Service on Tuesday. I arrived home around 7, and prayed the Liturgy of the Hours, and read for a couple of hours. Received a snap chat from a fourteen-year-old who simply wanted to chat.

    Tomorrow my day is planned to do office work, and spend several hours reading, followed by hanging on Polk. At least that is the plan. I have always allowed my life to be fluid, to be available to people when they call and need someone to be with.

    Connie Zwetzg writes that “being retired is the call to go within one’s self”, in order to know one’s self and to move outward in service.

    On a June evening in 1994, I attended a meeting in which Frank Cordova, a Catholic Worker from Des Moines, Iowa, shared with a group of people the experience of living as a Catholic Worker. Around me were men in their late fifties, all talking about doing service when they retired. I thought to myself, “I am not going to wait another thirty years to do what I want to do.”

    The Holy Spirit used that meeting and the struggle of the days to come, to push me into “retiring” and in October move to San Francisco, and Temenos Catholic Worker began.

    So when individuals ask, “When are you going to retire?” The answer is I  retired 27 years ago, a long retirement, a very meaningful retirement. Working with guys on the street, praying with them, sitting with them in the joys of living and at death, is a joy for in so doing I know God.

    Hanging out with Anthony in the photo, listening, caring, and being with him and others in the lows and up’s of life is fulfilling. Taking time for prayer, and looking within myself, brings a relationship to God, that drives me outward.

    I retired early, in order to “go within myself”, and to know Jesus, and to serve him more fully. Even in the worst of times, I thank God for my retirement. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


A Service of Remembering Those Who Have Died in the Year 2021

Noon, Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Golden Gate Park, at Stanyan and Haight

Come, Name, and Remember Your Friends and Loved Ones!

——————————-Fr. River Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.Servant Bishop of the Society of Franciscan Workers, Inc.P.O. Box 642656San Francisco, CA 94164http://www.temenos.org415-305-2124Snap chat: riodamien2

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