Archive for November, 2021

Giving Tuesday!

November 30, 2021

Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a year-round global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

You can think of it as a special day to practice charity–love of God and love of neighbor. One concrete way to do this is to support a worthy charitable organization.

We invite you to support Temenos Catholic Worker today, Tuesday, November 30. We provide care for homeless youth and homeless adults by walking with them providing pastoral counseling, food,  socks, and harm reduction supplies.

One example is last week a young man was injured in a fight, and at two in the morning we came to him on Haight Street, bandaged his wound, and provided him a hotel room for the night.

We pledge to continue our ministry of caring for the poorest of the poor, as we invite you to join us in our ministry:

Gratitude goes beyond the ‘mine’ and ‘thine’ and claims the truth that all of life is a pure gift.” Fr. Henri Nouwen

Mail Your Gift to:
Temenos Catholic Worker
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 94164
http://www.temenos.org

or through Pay Pal: on our website www. temenos.org
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Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.
P.O. Box 642656
San Francisco, CA 94164
http://www.temenos.org
415-305-2124

Hospitality in the Midst of Waiting!

November 29, 2021

Hospitality in the Midst of Waiting!

Jeremiah 33:14-16:

“Behold the days are coming says the Lord when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David and he shall execute righteousness and justice in the land.. . .”

    Over the past year and a half, there have been several companions with which I have journeyed.

    On is Julian of Norwich. She too lived through a time of much worry and fear. The Black Death struck shortly after her birth, leaving up to half the population of her city of Norwich dead, and killing up to an estimated 200 million  people in Europe, 
Eurasia, and North Africa. It would take centuries for Europe to return to pre-Black Death numbers.

    The second was the Martyrs of Memphis: Constance, Thecia, Ruth, Francis, Charles Parsons, and Louis Schuyler. In August 1878 yellow fever invaded Memphis, Tennessee for the third time in ten years. Two hundred people died each day, and when the worst was over ninety percent of the people had contracted the disease, 5000 people had died.

    These two examples tell us that we have been here before and will be here again. In our lifetime alone we have already seen SARS, AIDS, Polio, Swine Flu, more.

    And what this present epidemic calls us to, is hospitality. For in the years to come–and I mean years-is a crisis of grief.

    In Albert Gilbert’s recent opinion piece in The New York Times, “The Grief Crisis is Coming” he estimates that for every death from Covid, nine people are bereaved.

    Beyond grief is the emotional toll of the past sixteen months–students home alone, families separated, and the fear people are experiencing.

    We are called to remember our mortality day by day with unflinching realism, shaking off the sleep of denial. We are called to show hospitality and care to every person we encounter and to ourselves.

    Julian in her words, “all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well,” call us to a hospitality shaped by and need to respond to–grief, loss, trauma, and dislocation. It will have the power to change, convert, and challenge us in ways we can not even begin to imagine. It will be rooted in hope and prayer. It will befriend death, death has no power over us. And through it all we will continue to meet the Risen Christ, present inall who come to us, bringing us his promised “Peace!” Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

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The Inner Spirit!

November 26, 2021

The Inner Voice!

“Heaven and earth will pass away but my word will not pass away.” Lk. 4:21-29

I sit at my desk and look around my room, and my walls are filled with paintings, crosses, diplomas, two Bibles: one on my desk, which is from my twenty-fifth anniversary signed by supporters, people I have known through all these years and the other on my nightstand, a combination of the Bible and Book of Common Prayer given to me one day as I was walking down the street twenty-six years ago, by a fifteen-year-old runaway, which was  “creatively acquired” as a thank you gift. In my briefcase is one given by Sister Helen Prejean.

When I die my friends Matthew, Carla, and Jessica will clean this room thinking they are looking at clutter to be discarded.  The reality is this clutter speaks to a time in church camp, late one night around a campfire where I felt my heart “strangely warmed” and from that moment I was propelled into ministry, and that Spirit has guided me through the years of ministry.

It is this voice that propelled my aching body out of bed at two a.m. this morning to respond to a call from a young man in the Haight who had been beaten up. I found myself getting blood on my hands bandishing his wound, and his blood was the blood of Christ.

My call has been to keep lit the flame of the candle that has been entrusted to me to make the world less dark. Preceding me were Glenda, Louie, Keenan, and many others. And there will be those to follow me.

All of us looking inward to the Spirit that guides us are called to find the candle of making the world less dark. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

“Life is short.

We do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us.

So be swift to love.

Make haste to be kind.

And the peace of God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-will bless you and be with you always. Amen”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Giving Tuesday has become an international celebration of giving. This year, #GivingTuesday will once again show the power of communities coming together to support the causes closest to our hearts.

We have three days for shopping and getting deals- Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is a day for giving back. People all over the world participate in this annual event to remember the “reason for the season.” This year, Temenos Catholic Worker will be participating to ensure we can continue to be out on the frontlines of faith-based advocacy for climate, street youth, and human dignity. Our goal is to raise $2,000.

St. Francis and his friars went out on the roadside asking for alms to fund their work. Just like him, we are in solidarity with the poor and marginalized, we care for creation and raise consciousness on the need to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” We need your support to do it!

Help us raise awareness about our goal by sharing your support on social media and using the hashtag #GivingTuesday to get your friends and family involved.

The Paradox of Faith!

November 24, 2021

The Paradox of Faith!

Luke 21:12–19

English Standard Version

12 But before all this uthey will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to vthe synagogues and wprisons, and you xwill be brought before ykings and zgovernors for my name’s sake. 13 aThis will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14 Settle it therefore in your minds bnot to meditate beforehand how to answer, 15 for cI will give you a mouth and dwisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or econtradict. 16 You will be delivered up feven by parents and brothers3 and relatives and friends, and some of you they will put to death. 17 gYou will be hated by all for my name’s sake. 18 But hnot a hair of your head will perish. 19 By your iendurance you will gain your lives.

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We live with paradoxes. Many people see Thanksgiving as one that celebrates the conquest of the Americas. and do not celebrate, on the other hand, Thanksgiving was created by Abraham Lincoln as a means of unifying our country. The story of the Pilgrims is a myth. For me, Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate life and give thanks to God for the sacredness of life.

The second paradox is of faith.  People are always seeking proof of God, they want to know that God exists. The reality is that God is silent most of the time. The prayer of Thomas Merton tells us of his experience:

“Lord it is nearly midnight and I am waiting for you in the darkness. I know nothing of you and am waiting for you in the darkness, and the great silence…The darkness is enough.”

Merton accepts the love of God on faith, in defiance of all apparent evidence.

He speaks for me, for God is silent, and yet I believe in defiance of that unbelief, for I see God in the eyes of the homeless, and in the suffering of each person I come in contact with.  We all suffer, we all feel pain.

We find God in our pain, and in so doing God will be there with us. And in working with those most vulnerable we find God in our blessing and caring.

Tomorrow two volunteers and I  will hang on  Haight and Polk with those who are most vulnerable and in each person, we will find a blessing far more than we give, for God is present in each one of them.

God is a blessing!  May God bless you! Happy Thanksgiving!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

“Life is short.

We do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us.

So be swift to love.

Make haste to be kind.

And the peace of God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-will bless you and be with you always. Amen”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Giving Tuesday has become an international celebration of giving. This year, #GivingTuesday will once again show the power of communities coming together to support the causes closest to our hearts.

We have three days for shopping and getting deals- Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is a day for giving back. People all over the world participate in this annual event to remember the “reason for the season.” This year, Temenos Catholic Worker will be participating to ensure we can continue to be out on the frontlines of faith-based advocacy for climate, street youth, and human dignity. Our goal is to raise $2,000.

St. Francis and his friars went out on the roadside asking for alms to fund their work. Just like him, we are in solidarity with the poor and marginalized, we care for creation and raise consciousness on the need to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” We need your support to do it!

Help us raise awareness about our goal by sharing your support on social media and using the hashtag #GivingTuesday to get your friends and family involved.

The Eye of the Beholder

November 22, 2021

The Eye of the Beholder

“He looked up and saw rich people putting their contributions into the Temple treasury. He also saw an impoverished widow putting in two tiny copper coins. 

“I am telling you the truth,” he said, “This poor widow has put in more than all of them. They all contributed into the collection of their plenty, but she contributed out of her poverty, and gave her whole livelihood.” Luke 21:1-4

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Transport yourself to the  Jerusalem Temple and what do you see? Jesus centers on the poor, the little ones, and sees a woman who gives all she has. 

Jesus centering his eyes on the poor woman tells us his standard is different from the majority of people. It is not about how famous, or how much money we have but in the love, we give that counts in his eyes.

Jesus calls us to turn our eyes to the tents, the blankets, and see the faces of those who have nothing. He calls us to stop labeling others as “Homeless”, and call them friends. I have often envisioned finding myself on the street, dirty, in rags, and seeing people that I know simply pass by not seeing me.  I would be labeled as homeless.

The call is to stop looking for the government to solve the problems and do something ourselves little by little. This morning I gave a lady food for her Thanksgiving meal, my prayer is that someone will pass on that giving to another and as people are fed, housed, provided mental health care, and most importantly love, behold the healing of our world.

This morning I wrote a thank you note to a gentleman who has given $5.00 a month for years, another to a lady who has given $20.00, and many more, those small gifts are feeding many kids this week on Thanksgiving, it is little by little.

As I pulled my clothes from the dryer and folded them this morning, I smiled thinking of how nice it was to finish a task. To complete something. For in working with people we never see completion until the Reign of God, arrives.

So this Advent Season simply let our goal be to help others little by little. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

A Dangerous Advent Prayer

November 21, 2021

A Dangerous Advent Prayer!

Luke 21:35-38, 34-36

Christ the King

This will be my 28th Thanksgiving, and Christmas in San Francisco. I began my ministry on a street filled with bars, and prostitution, now Polk is gentrified, and Haight is a sort of camouflaged gentrification.

I now am dealing with diabetes, injuries from attacks, and depression at times. See all as what Paul calls thorns in my flesh.

In our last hard storm several weeks ago, my phone rang, and a young man was stranded at Ocean Beach, where he had been camping. Shane was terrified. I drove out, and there he was on the beach with raging waves flowing back and forth. The water was a living thing, spitting and hissing like a snake. The wind carried my voice away. I was stunned by the power that swirled around me, in that instant I knew in walking toward him we both could be swept away. He saw me coming and rushed into my arms and we ran to safety.    

    In these months I have often felt like what is the use, I am a failure, just call it quits.

Yet here I stand at the edge of Advent with the resolve to run forth into the wind and raging waves. Praying for the grace to see not Christ as a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, but as the Son of Man clothed in power and glory in the midst of chaos and confusion.

    The call is not to run away, but to shake the world until God’s reign comes in glory. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

“Life is short.

We do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us.

So be swift to love.

Make haste to be kind.

And the peace of God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-will bless you and be with you always. Amen”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Giving Tuesday has become an international celebration of giving. This year, #GivingTuesday will once again show the power of communities coming together to support the causes closest to our hearts.

We have three days for shopping and getting deals- Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is a day for giving back. People all over the world participate in this annual event to remember the “reason for the season.” This year, Temenos Catholic Worker will be participating to ensure we can continue to be out on the frontlines of faith-based advocacy for climate, street youth, and human dignity. Our goal is to raise $2,000.

St. Francis and his friars went out on the roadside asking for alms to fund their work. Just like him, we are in solidarity with the poor and marginalized, we care for creation and raise consciousness on the need to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” We need your support to do it!

Help us raise awareness about our goal by sharing your support on social media and using the hashtag #GivingTuesday to get your friends and family involved.

Thanksgiving In All Circumstances!

November 19, 2021

Giving Thanks in All Circumstances!

2021 Thanksgiving Message

The Bible overflows with words of thanksgiving: “O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever,” (Psalm 107:1); “O give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (I Thessalonians 5:18)

These words were written in times of depression, poverty, exile, and persecution–always with an open heart of gratefulness to God. These words are giving thanks for God’s presence in the midst of life-giving meaning, purpose, and hope in the midst of tribulation. God is with us in all things!

I am often asked, “Why do you keep doing this work?”, “When are you going to retire?” “When are you going to have some fun?” The answer: This ministry is a celebration to God, a thanksgiving for walking with me through the years.

Through deaths, and rejection by loved ones, from prostitution, from being on the street, and rejection by a Church I loved with all of my heart, from injuries, attempts on my life, God is always present and holding me in her arms. I have fun in the midst of all, for God is always present!

We are all a part of a community of thanksgiving that goes back to the very beginning of time. God is always faithful and for which we are as well!

 My greatest learning point is to be truly thankful we must enter into interdependence with others and to share regardless of their opinion. To have no judgment but love. To walk with others regardless of the circumstances.

On Thanksgiving Day, two volunteers and I will walk Haight Street, handing out a vegan turkey sandwich, potato chips, a candy bar,  and drink, we will give thanks for each person we meet and share their thanksgiving.

I can bet you a million dollars that each one, sitting in worn-out clothes, dirty, waking up in Golden Gate Park or on the street, will be thankful.

God’s people are thankful in all circumstances because the fulfillment of God’s promises and the full lived experience of God’s saving presence are grace-filled realities that we have already seen and touched(I John 1:1), in which we can already sense the weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4:17), and through which we rightly offer thanks and praise here and now: “Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ “(I Corinthians 15:57). Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

“Life is short.

We do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us.

So be swift to love.

Make haste to be kind.

And the peace of God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-will bless you and be with you always. Amen”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Giving Tuesday has become an international celebration of giving. This year, #GivingTuesday will once again show the power of communities coming together to support the causes closest to our hearts.

We have three days for shopping and getting deals- Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is a day for giving back. People all over the world participate in this annual event to remember the “reason for the season.” This year, Temenos Catholic Worker will be participating to ensure we can continue to be out on the frontlines of faith-based advocacy for climate, street youth, and human dignity. Our goal is to raise $2,000.

St. Francis and his friars went out on the roadside asking for alms to fund their work. Just like him, we are in solidarity with the poor and marginalized, we care for creation and raise consciousness on the need to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” We need your support to do it!

Help us raise awareness about our goal by sharing your support on social media and using the hashtag #GivingTuesday to get your friends and family involved.

Therapy of the gods

November 15, 2021

Therapy of the “gods”!Luke 18:35-43

35-37 He came to the outskirts of Jericho. A blind man was sitting beside the road asking for handouts. When he heard the rustle of the crowd, he asked what was going on. They told him, “Jesus the Nazarene is going by.”

38 He yelled, “Jesus! Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!”

39 Those ahead of Jesus told the man to shut up, but he only yelled all the louder, “Son of David! Mercy, have mercy on me!”

40 Jesus stopped and ordered him to be brought over. When he had come near, Jesus asked, “What do you want from me?”

41 He said, “Master, I want to see again.”

42-43 Jesus said, “Go ahead—see again! Your faith has saved and healed you!” The healing was instant: He looked up, seeing—and then followed Jesus, glorifying God. Everyone in the street joined in, shouting praise to God.

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Late last night, “Sam” rang my door bell, and requested socks, and as I picked them up I thought of how for over twenty years he has come late at night, usually drunk, simply for a pair of socks. The reality is he simply wants to be listened to. And I listen, a few minutes, other times for an hour.

At 18 District Superintendent E.W. Bartley, appointed me to a student parish, and when asked why he replied, “He has a heart of compassion, he listens.” I had no training, but I listened to people. This was way long before I had training to be a pastor, a counselor.

Socrates refers to therapy as care and tells us that therapy is of the “gods”. Doing therapy is pleasing to the “gods”, for a therapist is one who cares for the “god” within. Therapy means sentient care.  Everyone is a therapist serving people in the present.

Thomas Moore tells us  therapy is “walking each other home.”

We have lost sight of “listening to another” in the days we live in. We have “professionalized” people listening to another naming it therapy. It is our way of avoiding listening and caring for others.

These days people who have money can pay for a  “listener”.  If you have no money–you are out of luck. In some communities, there are no professional therapists.

We need to reclaim the role of listening to others. People are suffering, they are lonely, and they are dying from not having another to listen.

No one listened to the gentleman in our Gospel story, until Jesus heard him, and he was healed. Listening is a facility of healing.

Let us slow down, take time to be, simply be with another, and “walk each other home!” Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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Celtic Advent begins forty days before Christmas, the evening of November 15 through Christmas Day. It is a time of looking forward to the coming of Christ within ourselves, and service outward to the world in which we live.

    This year we are observing Celtic Advent. We are participating in a retreat entitled Advent and Christmas: bridges to contemplative living with Thomas Merton sponsored by Oblate Seminary. It is a contemplative retreat on Tuesdays beginning November 16 through Tuesday, December 14 from 1:p.m.- 3:00 p.m . central time on zoom. If you are interested contact: Oblate Theological Seminary online, the cost is $25.00.

    The textbook is Advent and Christmas: bridges to contemplative living with Thomas Merton.

    We will be reflecting upon this retreat and inviting people to share during this time. You may obtain the book through Amazon. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

“Life is short.

We do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us.

So be swift to love.

Make haste to be kind.

And the peace of God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-will bless you and be with you always. Amen”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Giving Tuesday has become an international celebration of giving. This year, #GivingTuesday will once again show the power of communities coming together to support the causes closest to our hearts.

We have three days for shopping and getting deals- Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is a day for giving back. People all over the world participate in this annual event to remember the “reason for the season.” This year, Temenos Catholic Worker will be participating to ensure we can continue to be out on the frontlines of faith-based advocacy for climate, street youth, and human dignity. Our goal is to raise $2,000.

St. Francis and his friars went out on the roadside asking for alms to fund their work. Just like him, we are in solidarity with the poor and marginalized, we care for creation and raise consciousness on the need to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” We need your support to do it!

Help us raise awareness about our goal by sharing your support on social media and using the hashtag #GivingTuesday to get your friends and family involved.

Christ Has Died! Christ is Risen!Christ will come again!

November 14, 2021

Christ Died! Christ is Risen!! Christ will Come Again!

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

November 14, 2021

Mark 13:24-25-32-37 MSG

“Following those hard times, Sun will fade out, moon cloud over, Stars fall out of the sky, cosmic powers tremble. “And then they’ll see the Son of Man enter in grand style, his Arrival filling the sky—no one will miss it! He’ll dispatch the angels; they will pull in the chosen from the four winds, from pole to pole. “Take a lesson from the fig tree. From the moment you notice its buds form, the merest hint of green, you know summer’s just around the corner. And so it is with you. When you see all these things, you know he is at the door. Don’t take this lightly. I’m not just saying this for some future generation, but for this one, too—these things will happen. Sky and earth will wear out; my words won’t wear out. “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father. So keep a sharp lookout, for you don’t know the timetable. It’s like a man who takes a trip, leaving home and putting his servants in charge, each assigned a task, and commanding the gatekeeper to stand watch. So, stay at your post, watching. You have no idea when the homeowner is returning, whether evening, midnight, cockcrow, or morning. You don’t want him showing up unannounced, with you asleep on the job. I say it to you, and I’m saying it to all: Stay at your post. Keep watch.”MSG: The Message
We hear predictions about the end of the world and the Second Coming of Jesus all the time. When I was in Tennesse several months ago there were several articles about the imminent coming of Christ; one of my friends believes in the Second Coming.

Personally, Christ comes again and again in my life, and they are not easy!

When I found myself on the streets in Hollywood, turning tricks to survive, Christ came, in people to help and inputting the fight back to survive.

Coming to San Francisco, and the struggles through the years, in each struggle, Christ comes again. As friends have died, have walked away, and those to whom the way I do ministry is not their way, Christ comes! I am never alone.

In sickness, Christ comes again in the people who have surrounded me with care.

During the pandemic, Christ has come again in the loneliness and the pain of working with people sick, and afraid. In my own pain, depression, during this time, Christ comes again!

Christ has come in teaching me to embrace the shadows of the past, of the present, and from those shadows move out in peace, to love and care for others without judgment.
As we approach Advent, look where Christ has come in your life, and see him coming each day during this season! Let him challenge you, and embrace you with love. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!
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Celtic Advent begins forty days before Christmas, the evening of November 15 through Christmas Day. It is a time of looking forward to the coming of Christ within ourselves, and service outward to the world in which we live.

    This year we are observing Celtic Advent. We are participating in a retreat entitled Advent and Christmas: bridges to contemplative living with Thomas Merton sponsored by Oblate Seminary. It is a contemplative retreat on Tuesdays beginning November 16 through Tuesday, December 14 from 1:p.m.- 3:00 p.m . central time on zoom. If you are interested contact: Oblate Theological Seminary online, the cost is $25.00.

    The textbook is Advent and Christmas: bridges to contemplative living with Thomas Merton.

    We will be reflecting upon this retreat and inviting people to share during this time. You may obtain the book through Amazon. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

“Life is short.

We do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us.

So be swift to love.

Make haste to be kind.

And the peace of God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-will bless you and be with you always. Amen”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Giving Tuesday has become an international celebration of giving. This year, #GivingTuesday will once again show the power of communities coming together to support the causes closest to our hearts.

We have three days for shopping and getting deals- Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is a day for giving back. People all over the world participate in this annual event to remember the “reason for the season.” This year, Temenos Catholic Worker will be participating to ensure we can continue to be out on the frontlines of faith-based advocacy for climate, street youth, and human dignity. Our goal is to raise $2,000.

St. Francis and his friars went out on the roadside asking for alms to fund their work. Just like him, we are in solidarity with the poor and marginalized, we care for creation and raise consciousness on the need to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” We need your support to do it!

Help us raise awareness about our goal by sharing your support on social media and using the hashtag #GivingTuesday to get your friends and family involved.

Don’t Look Back!

November 13, 2021

Don’t Look Back!

Memorial of Saint Josaphat, Bishop, and Martyr

Gospel Lk 17:26-37

“Jesus said to his disciples:
“As it was in the days of Noah,
so it will be in the days of the Son of Man;
they were eating and drinking,
marrying and giving in marriage up to the day
that Noah entered the ark,
and the flood came and destroyed them all.
Similarly, as it was in the days of Lot:
they were eating, drinking, buying,
selling, planting, building;
on the day when Lot left Sodom,
fire and brimstone rained from the sky to destroy them all.
So it will be on the day the Son of Man is revealed.
On that day, someone who is on the housetop
and whose belongings are in the house
must not go down to get them,
and likewise one in the field
must not return to what was left behind.
Remember the wife of Lot.
Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it,
but whoever loses it will save it.
I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed;
one will be taken, the other left.
And there will be two women grinding meal together;
one will be taken, the other left.” 
They said to him in reply, “Where, Lord?”
He said to them, “Where the body is,
there also the vultures will
gather.”

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Remember the wife of Lot.

Consider these five words, cautionary and a gift of today’s Gospel. While fleeing Sodom Lot’s wife told not to look back, turned her head around, and turned to salt.

Recently I returned to where I grew up, began my ministry, college, and seminary. I was like a child in wonderland as I flew to St.Louis, recalling old memories, soon learning that being attached to the things of the past is a form of death.

The photo above is my first church in Marston, Missouri. Now empty, I imagined returning, buying the building, and opening a soup kitchen for the poor in the area, (LOL). I knew I no longer belonged there, and will never go back again. For I have shed the skin of that time and moved on, and so it is with each segment of life. We can not look back.

I have learned, that as each passage of life ends, and another begins to not look back, but forward.

Greg now 33 years ago, is standing on the cusp of parole, in prison for 25 years for murder. As we talked, he returned to the San Francisco of the past, his life in the past, and his regret of the life taken. Greg talked of going back to old San Francisco, hoping to make up for his crime. He felt his life was empty.

I reminded him that the past is gone, to look back was futile, and he would simply be turned to stone–figuratively. Greg must let the past go, and look forward.  For to truly complete our lives we have to accept the incomplete.

Remember the wife of Lot! Look forward, not back. We need to trust in God, following not only God’s direction but life’s direction-going forward with faith and hope, living for what will be, not what was. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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 Celtic Advent begins forty days before Christmas, the evening of November 15 through Christmas Day. It is a time of looking forward to the coming of Christ within ourselves, and service outward to the world in which we live.

    This year we are observing Celtic Advent. We are participating in a retreat entitled Advent and Christmas: bridges to contemplative living with Thomas Merton sponsored by Oblate Seminary. It is a contemplative retreat on Tuesdays beginning November 16 through Tuesday, December 14 from 1:p.m.- 3:00 p.m . central time on zoom. If you are interested contact: Oblate Theological Seminary online, the cost is $25.00.

    The textbook is Advent and Christmas: bridges to contemplative living with Thomas Merton.

    We will be reflecting upon this retreat and inviting people to share during this time. You may obtain the book through Amazon. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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

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“Life is short.

We do not have too much time to gladden the hearts of those who travel with us.

So be swift to love.

Make haste to be kind.

And the peace of God–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-will bless you and be with you always. Amen”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Giving Tuesday has become an international celebration of giving. This year, #GivingTuesday will once again show the power of communities coming together to support the causes closest to our hearts.

We have three days for shopping and getting deals- Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Giving Tuesday is a day for giving back. People all over the world participate in this annual event to remember the “reason for the season.” This year, Temenos Catholic Worker will be participating to ensure we can continue to be out on the frontlines of faith-based advocacy for climate, street youth, and human dignity. Our goal is to raise $2,000.

St. Francis and his friars went out on the roadside asking for alms to fund their work. Just like him, we are in solidarity with the poor and marginalized, we care for creation and raise consciousness on the need to hear “the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.” We need your support to do it!

Help us raise awareness about our goal by sharing your support on social media and using the hashtag #GivingTuesday to get your friends and family involved.