A Light Burns in the Darkness

December 12th, 2019 By punkpriest

  A Light Burns in the Darkness! Luke 1:26-47     On December 9, 1531, the indigenous civilization in central Mexico was in ruins. The Spanish had conquered the Aztec empire a decade earlier and the population was decimated by the causalities of war, and small pox. One poet wrote: “You have killed our warriors, you have […]

With Death Closing In

December 10th, 2019 By punkpriest

With Death Closing In! My friend Jerry Bolick writes: With death closing in, the man on the screen asks aloud of himself, what he’s done with his life, and all the others, all aging on and beyond the screen, pause. Jerry raises the question we all ask: “what’s he done with his life?’ I reminiscence  […]

Living With Hope in the Wilderness!

December 9th, 2019 By punkpriest

Living with Hope in the Wilderness On this 3rd Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, we are reminded that we are a people that live in the light of Christ. We are called to live rejoicing with the deep knowledge that despite the harshness, the cruelty and coldness that we experience in our world, Christ, the […]

Being Different

December 8th, 2019 By punkpriest

Being Different Matthew 3:1-12     Nearly nine years ago, the Reverend Dana Corsello phoned  early one Sunday morning insisting I  attemd church, really insisting. Her sermon was on John the Baptist, and she compared me to him, very passionately. This sermon came at a time when I believe there were parishioners who did not want some […]

Being Lead Deeper By Child

December 7th, 2019 By punkpriest

  Being Lead Deeper By a Child Advent II “The wolf shall live with the lamb, the leopard shall lie down with the kid, the calf and the lion and the fatling together, and a little child shall lead them.” One of my favorite movies is the Groundhog Day” . Beyond the humor of Bill […]

Exercise Hope

December 6th, 2019 By punkpriest

Exercise Hope Yesterday the day was spent with  three friends taking their new puppy to the vet, getting his shots, picking up supplies because their mom works; today I spent the afternoon hanging in the Haight, talking, giving out socks, and food. Which is my “job”? Neither–for all of life flows into caring for people. […]

We All Need Help!

December 4th, 2019 By punkpriest

  We All Need Help! Help “When we as Christians pray for Jesus to come again soon, we are admitting a truth that flies in the face of our cultural dependence on self-reliance. When it comes down to it, none of us are ‘self-made’ people. We did not choose to come into the world on […]


December 3rd, 2019 By punkpriest

  . Peniel “Where Jacob walked with God” Temenos Catholic Worker P.O. Box 642656 San Francisco, CA 94164 www.temenos.org 415-305-2124 Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T., Director December, 2019 ———————————————— Journal of An Alien Street Priest “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He […]

Be Kind!

December 1st, 2019 By punkpriest

BE KIND! World AIDS DAY Matthew 24:36-44 “The Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.” Advent reminds us that accountability (this is what the second coming represents) will be unexpected. It might be the cosmic intervention or it might just be the passing from this life into the next. Either way, the point […]