Taking the Waters

Taking the Waters

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Revelation 11:19a: 12:1-10; Psalm 45:10, 11,12, 16; I Corinthians 15:20-27; Luke 1:39-56

In an Irish folk tradition we read of Mary ascending to heaven, weeping, and her tears falling into the ocean. This is symbolized in the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, where on this feast her tears are reactivated in the sea, and their  touch brings health to mind, body, and soul. Irish Americans go to the beach and dip their feet in the ocean returning with jugs of seawater for those who are too ill to travel on this day.

This story exemplifies the lived genius of the Catholic-Anglican traditions of knitting together the human and divine.

This blessing is available to us in the asking of God to speak to us in the myriad ways in which healing is available to us–relationships, communal, physical and emotional–Christ becomes incarnate in each and every one of us and reminds us in the the words of St. Francis that all of the false boundaries we put up, our failures to provide the basic human rights of health care, and housing, our hoarding of money–all matter not in the end, but only the tears of the Blessed Virgin brings us to wholeness:

“Remember that when you leave this earth, you take with you nothing that you have received–only what you have given: a full heart enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage. St. Francis of Assisi.” 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

415-305-2124

www. temenos.org

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Today we give you the opportunity to bring some of the sea water, the tears of Mary back in your giving for socks for our people who live on the streets. We have just made a $5000.00 order, and any help would be appreciated, all are gifts are tax deductible, and you need to send an email to us so we can send you a donation receipt.  Thank you.

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