Praying in Faith

Praying In Faith-What We Are Meant to Do! And Birthday Reflection.

James 5:13-20

    “Are there any among you suffering? Let them pray. Are any cheerful?  Let them sing psalms. Are any among you sick? They should call the elders of the church, and they they should pray over the sick person, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord.  Faithful prayer will rescue the sick person, and the Lord will raise them up. If they have committed any sin, it will be forgiven them. So confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another; they they may be healed.

    When the righteous person prays, that person carried great power. Elijah was a man with passions like ours, and he prayed and prayed that it might  not rain–and it did not rain on the  earth for three years and six months. Then he prayed again, the sky gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.

    My dear family, if someone in your company has wandered from the truth, and someone turns them back, know this: the one who turns back a sinner from wandering off into error will rescue that person’s life from death, and cover a multitude of sins.”


    “Prayer as we know it and talk about it can be very seductive. “Pray that Grandpa gets well,” we tell a child–all the time knowing that the grandfather’s time is already measured. “Pray for a nice day tomorrow,” we say casually, as if the local meteorologist doesn’t already know whether tomorrow it will rain or snow.  “Dear God, please make Tom call, or the letter come, or the red light on the next corner turn green”, we recite with a kind of Christian piety that smacks more of our own desire to run the world than it does to trust the God who entrusted it to us.

    Too often, we use prayers to forgive ourselves for being less that we are meant to be. Too often, “I’m praying for it” means that I don’t intend to do anything else but pray that someone else will do for us what we should do for ourselves.

    But the situation is obvious. There is nothing done humans that humans cannot undo. There is no reason to deny our own responsibility to get it done by foisting it on God. We must get up and do it ourselves.

    The truth is that we must pray for the strength to do what we are meant to do. We must pray for the courage to meet the challenges of life. We must pray for the endurance it will take to go on even when nothing changes. We must pray that the spirit of God is with us as we do what must be done, whether we succeed in the process or not.” Sister Joan Chittister, The Breath of God

    As we conclude the Book of James what are your thoughts on prayer?


Birthday Reflection

The Prayer to Our Lady, Undoer of Knots is as follows:

“Virgin Mary, Mother of fair love, Mother who never refuses to come to the aid of a child in need, Mother whose hands never cease to serve your beloved children because they are moved by the divine love and immense mercy that exists in your heart, cast your compassionate eyes upon me and see the snarl of knots that exist in my life. You know very well how desperate I am, my pain, and how I am bound by these knots. Mary, Mother to whom God entrusted the undoing of the knots in the lives of His children, I entrust into your hands the ribbon of my life. No one, not even the Evil One himself, can take it away from your precious care. In your hands, there is no knot that cannot be undone. Powerful Mother, by your grace and intercessory power with your Son and my liberator, Jesus, take into your hands today this knot. (Mention your petition here.)

I beg you to undo it for the glory of God, once for all. You are my hope. O my Lady, you are the only consolation God gives me, the fortification of my feeble strength, the enrichment of my destitution, and, with Christ, the freedom from my chains. Hear my plea. Keep me, guide me, protect me, O safe refuge.”

Pope Francis has discovered on his life’s journey, “Mary the Undoer of Knots, and in the last seven years she has journeyed with me as well.  My life is full of knots, and as I struggle daily to undo  these knots Mary is tirelessly working in her efforts in this journey of undoing my knots.

Tomorrow is the day I celebrate my coming into the world. A friends father once told him, “Age is a defining number, never define yourself, live a liminal life, a life with out definition of numbers, and in doing so you will relate to everyone, sustain and respect all of life, and collaborate with everyone.” He worked forty hours a week and died at 99.

    His philosophy has lead me on this journey. And on this day I recommit myself to three vows: relativeness, mutual sustainability, and mutual collaboration.

    Usually I spend this day on Round tree Blvd. in Marin with my friends. This birthday will be spent in  the City because of the order to to remain in our homes.

    My spirit will be with all nine of my friends, my team, remembering the past years of having a party with a birthday cake, hanging with them as they played their games, and arguing as we always do.

    This year I will hang out with my street kids, listen to their fears, give them socks and food–joking about being six inches a part.

    My phone has been turned off this past week in order for me simply to relax.

    Constant snap chat and texts wear me out, and in coming to a new understanding of our new environment and way of living has been exhausting.

    I am content, in an excellent mood, and healthy. I will soon turn my phone on to my ministry of listening through snap chat, and continue to listening to my street kids, feeding them, giving them socks, and so on. I will go to Whole Foods and pick up a decent meal and eat with the spirit of my team around me,and give thanks to God for my life.

    Father Henri Nouwen sums up my feelings on this day, and we invite you to join us in finding hope in his words:

“Again and again you see how Jesus opts for what is small, hidden, and poor, and accordingly declines to wield influence. His many miracles always serve to express his profound compassion with suffering humanity; never are they attempts to call attention to himself. As a rule, he even forbids those he has cured to talk to others about it. And as Jesus’ life continues to unfold, he becomes increasingly aware that he has been called to fulfill his vocation in suffering and death. In all of this, it becomes plain to us that God has willed to show his love for the world by descending more and more deeply into human frailty.”

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!


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

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164


“Why am I compelled to write?… Because the world I create in the writing compensates for what the real world does not give me. By writing I put order in the world, give it a handle so I can grasp it. I write because life does not appease my appetites and anger… To become more intimate with myself and you. To discover myself, to preserve myself, to make myself, to achieve self-autonomy. To dispel the myths that I am a mad prophet or a poor suffering soul. To convince myself that I am worthy and that what I have to say is not a pile of shit… Finally I write because I’m scared of writing, but I’m more scared of not writing.”  -Gloria E. Anzaldúa

Tenderloin Stations of the Cross

Good Friday, April 10, 2020

Noon-2:00 p.m.

Polk Street side of City Hall

We will have the Stations of the Cross. Our plans are to do it alone, and have people go through the Stations at home. .

Holy Communion

We  take Holy Communion to individuals who request the Sacrament. We administer the Sacrament outside, and have plastic gloves on, standing six feet away. We give only use only wafer, as it contains the whole body of Jesus.


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