Temenos Catholic Worker Newsletter: Following the Cosmic Christ!

Peniel–June-Pride Month

Newsletter of

Temenos Catholic Worker

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org (pay pal)

415-305-2124

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

2022

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Journal of An Alien Street Priest:

“You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.” Elizabeth Gilbert

Luke 24:46-53

Today we celebrate the Ascension of Jesus into heaven and in two weeks Pentecost.

For the modern world that is confusing and unbelievable. Yet when you understand that the Jewish mind functions in myth, and not literal understanding one can see that for them Jesus became the Cosmic Christ, the One who dwells within them in the form of the Spirit.

As time has moved through the ages, this Cosmic Christ continues to evolve into seeing all spiritualities that practice the love of humanity as reflections of the One Divine Spirit.

Today I sit outside a cafe on Polk Street, drinking tea, around me are people, playing with their dogs, shopping, and simply hanging out and my mind returns to coming here in 1994.

The street was full of lower-end gay bars, young boys hustling, drugs were plentiful, and as time has moved onward we have come to now, and all has changed. The same with the Haight.

Several years ago a group wanted to paint a mural of the old Polk, the bars, and the hustling, to recall a part of queer history, and the merchants association refused, they do not acknowledge that period.

In so doing they erase history, and more importantly the lives of those who were struggling with coming out in a period of hatred. They forget about the youth, the drug addicts. The same in the Haight.

The City continues to put out its millions to “solve the problem.” The problem continues and worsens.

Our ministry continues to be the Cosmic Christ to people on the street–food, pastoral care, needles, condoms, socks, and other supplies; we continue to minister without pushing religion or belief, but in love, respect, and care. As St. Francis once said, “Preach the Gospel using as few words as possible.”

During the past two years, we have held the hands of people dying of the coronavirus; three young men who were stabbed and shot and saw the face of one shooting himself on zoom. We see people without food, and without real friends. I can understand the Apostle Paul’s words: “I have faced dangers from believers and non-believers, I have faced dangers on the deserts, the seas, and the streets. I have endured many sleepless nights. I have endured pain from injuries. I have gone without food. I have shivered in the cold without enough clothing to keep me warm. (from 2 Corinthians 11: 22).

And from these years and experiences what we have learned and attempt with  our heart to practice:

   First, not to place our expectations on others, we walk with them where they are;

    Second, to have no expectations of the government;

   Third, we have to suffer with people on their journeys in order to find life on ours;

   Finally see in each one the face of the Cosmic Christ, whose lives are at times touched by evil, but new life can come in love; and

   finally: “You can measure your worth by your dedication to your path, not by your successes or failures.” Elizabeth Gilbert.

Our prayer in the coming days is that we will love each person without judgment,  seeing the positive, and the negative, the good and evil, and loving each as a precious child of God. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

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LGBTQ Pride will be on June 25 and 26th, and we will be in charge of the Accessibility Booth. If anyone would like to volunteer please let us know.

Pride is important this year. What we forget as each generation moves forward is many of the gains of the former are lost; We need to keep before the eyes of the world the equality of all and understand laws alone do not change the hearts of people. For only when hearts are transformed through our own witness of love can lasting change occurr.

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We are Truly Beggars!

We are truly beggars. Money is low! Socks are donated, but expenses regarding food, condoms, car upkeep gas, and our own living expenses have risen. So please find it within your heart to give!

You may give through Paypal; our website: http://www.temenos.org, or mail: P.O. Box 642656, San Francisco, CA 94164!

We also have for sale the One God of the Abraham Faith Symbol for $100.00!

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