A Note From Temenos Catholic Worker

February 28th, 2020 By punkpriest

Temenos Catholic Worker www.temenos.org Father River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T. Friends, It has been an eventful week with public attention worldwide focused on the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak. While there have not been any confirmed cases in San Francisco, Mayor London Breed announced this week that the City has initiated emergency preparation activities. As […]


February 28th, 2020 By punkpriest

Celebrate! Stand Firm in the Lord! “Stand Firm in the Lord!.  .Celebrate joyfully in the Lord All the Time. Philippians 4:1-9     Ash Wednesday was wild on the streets! People in the doorways, sitting on the sidewalk, in the alleys, and the majority wanted to have ashes imposed.     On the Polk side of Hemlock Alley […]


February 26th, 2020 By punkpriest

Ash Wednesday, 2020        Today is a day of repentance, remembering our mortality, and entering into a time of reflection on our lives.         As I walked the street yesterday, in a door way there was Sean, with dirty clothes, sores on his arms and feet; in the next doorway we see Joyce, hair […]

The One Candle That Burns in the Darkness

February 25th, 2020 By punkpriest

The One Candle in the Darkness! Jesus answered. Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me? John 18:34 Protect Your Inner Sanctuary There is a false form of honesty that suggests that nothing should remain hidden and that everything should be said, expressed, and communicated. This honesty can be […]

Part 1: Lenten Study of the Book of James

February 24th, 2020 By punkpriest

The Lenten Study of James–February 26-March 2, 2020 The Challenge of Faith! James 1:1-8 “James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus the Messiah, to the twelve dispersed tribes: greetings. My dear family, when you find yourselves tumbling into various trials and tribulations, learn to look at it with complete joy, because know […]

Filled With Mercy

February 24th, 2020 By punkpriest

Filled with Mercy! “Who is wise and discerning among you? Such a person should, by their upright behavior, display works in the humility of wisdom. But if you have bitter jealously and contention in your hearts, don’t boast and tell lies against the truth. This isn’t the wisdom that comes from above. It is earthly, […]

What Good It Is

February 22nd, 2020 By punkpriest

What Good It Is “Do not be surprised, brothers and sisters if the world hates you. We know that we have passed to life because we love the family. Anyone who does not love abides in death.” I John 3: 14a (Kingdom New Testament-N.T. Wright)     Pope Francis was asked in an interview what someone […]


February 20th, 2020 By punkpriest

Who? Why? What?  James 2: 1-13 The Message (MSG) The Royal Rule of Love 2 1-4 My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. If a man enters your church wearing an expensive suit, and a street person wearing rags comes in right after him, and you say to […]

Fleeting Clarity

February 19th, 2020 By punkpriest

Fleeting Clarity James 1: 19-27 “Religion that is pure, undefiled, before God the Father is this: to care for widows and orphans in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” Mark 8:22-26 ———————————————————-         Fears of rejection–of being ill, deteriorating physically, and being alone, make up ninety percent of my fleeting clarity, […]

Steadfastness in Being Different

February 17th, 2020 By punkpriest

  STEADFASTNESS IN BEING DIFFERENT! “Count it all joy, my brothers and sisters, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you  know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And lt steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-3     Yesterday I was told, “you […]