One Bright Moment In Narnia!

ONE BRIGHT MOMENT IN Narnia (The Reign of God!

Matthew 5:3-12

New Living Translation

The Beatitudes

“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,[a]
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
God blesses those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
God blesses those who are humble,
    for they will inherit the whole earth.
God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice,[b]
    for they will be satisfied.
God blesses those who are merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
    for they will see God.
God blesses those who work for peace,
    for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
    for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.


    Two days ago as I turned onto Hwy 121 and headed into Napa Valley, I began relaxing and smiling, experiencing the smells and sights of Autumn as the fall colors of the grapevines dashed before my eyes much like the leaves of the trees of my childhood in the south and midwest.     Followed by the taste, and smell of the new wine. In those moments, I had a glimpse of entering Narnia.

    The dream continued as I presented the stories of our homeless adults and youth on Polk and Haight Streets to the sixth-grade students attending St. Apollinaris Catholic School. There were no cell phones, no texting, and all were bright-eyed and attentive, asking questions well beyond their maturity, and retaining child-like qualities. There was no judgment, no classism, simply concern and compassion for our street youth and adults. Concerned only with the moment.

    These were “Narnia” moments with Aslian, the Great Lion– the Divine Heart (Jesus) smiling at each one of us. These were moments of the Reign of God in all of its fullness. My heart was uplifted, and the tiredness within my bones vanished.

    On All Saint’s Day, and All Soul’s Day we remember all the Saints (both named and unnamed) who have crossed into Narnia, (the Reigh of God), and surround us in the Great Cloud of Witnesses, supporting and cheering us as we continue our journey.

    For we are called to bring the sunshine of Narnia into our world, feeding, being present to others, listening, and simply caring.

    Let us remember the words of St. Clare of Assisi: “We become what we love and Who we love shapes what we become,”  entering into the Divine Heart (Jesus), and loving others. Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


    All Saints/All  Souls Zoom!

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

5:00 p.m.

Meeting I.D. 761-4436-8264

“A Time of Remembrance And Prayer!”

Bring the names of Loved Ones!

You May Also Email me: at

or text: 415-305-2124

the Names of Loved Ones and I Will Remember Them in Prayer!


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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

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