The Little Way

“The Little Way”

St. Teresa of Lisieux

Luke 9:46-50; Matthew 7:1-12; Luke 9:51-56

“Ask and you shall receive”, and through the years I have found this to be true. Prayer, Scripture, and being close to God’s people have provided the foundation for the past 25 years.

In this past year and a half, We have found God taking care of us through our then  sixteen year old, and eighteen year old friends, and the donors and others who prayed and provided support.  The same in all the years before–no matter what–God provided care.

My char-ism is Franciscan and that of Therese of Lisieux. We came to San Francisco expecting to do great things and be famous, and instead, our life has been given something greater, that of practicing  the “little way”, and of seeking to be “perfect as my Father is perfect”, which in Franciscan theology means being merciful and compassionate. For Francis Christmas was more important than Easter because God was incarnated in Jesus, born in the stable, born poor, becoming the most human of humans, and in so doing telling us the importance of our humanity. The Incarnation was the living proof of God’s love.

We are told often that we are  different, and most of the times not in a complimentary way,  and that we act  like a child, and hopefully we  do, because in being a child one is open to life, not prejudice, rejoices in nature, and loves all who are around him or her, with no labels. And its a act of a lot more fun going to Raves than sitting around in a bar.

So Saturday as we celebrate our time here we give thanks to God for giving us this twenty five years!

And when asked what we have learned:

“Keep Praying, Keep Reading Your Bible, and Keep being Involved with God’s People!” And you will have the most abundant life!

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


You are cordially Invited to Our


25 Years of Service–Temenos Catholic Worker, Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw, D.Min., D.S.T.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

6:30 p.m.

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church

1755 Clay Street

San Francisco, CA 94164

Holy Eucharist open to All. Non-Alcoholic, Gluten Free Wafers


Cranberry Orange Chicken

Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Ham

Vegan Corn Chowder

Memphis Style Coleslaw (My mom’s recipe)


Non-Alcoholic Punch

Come Let us Celebrate!


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