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Migrants follow the refugee Holy Family
                by Angel Valdez

Christmas Letter 2014

Dear Friends of Casa Juan Diego, It is hard to celebrate Christmas in these times of conflict and violence. There is the terror of guns and arms, but also the terror of poverty impacting families worldwide. But celebrate we must: celebrate the coming of the Prince of Peace, whose first message came from the stable in Bethlehem. Besides announcing the Good News that God became one of us that we may become as God, Bethlehem also announces the importance of a Stable people. Because there is no ... continue reading

Dorothy Day
by Angel Valdez

Dorothy Day’s Reflections on Advent

Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation, of silence.  Waiting for our Lord to be born. A pregnant woman is so happy, so content. She lives in such a garment of silence, and it is as though she were listening to hear the stir of life within her. One always hears the stirring compared to the rustling of a bird in the hand. But the intentness with which one awaits such stirring is like nothing so much as a blanket of silence. Be still. Did I hear something? Be still, and see that I am ... continue reading

by Ade Bethune

The Beatitudes Are the New Commandments

As Moses had covenanted with God by virtue of the law received on Mount Sinai, so Jesus, from a hill on the shore of the Lake of Galilee, gives to his disciples and to the crowd a new lesson which begins with the Beatitudes. Moses gives the Law on Mount Sinai and Jesus, the new Moses, gives the Law on that hillside, on the shore of the Lake of Galilee. The Beatitudes are the path that God indicates as the answer to man’s innate desire for happiness, and they perfect the Commandments of the Old ... continue reading

by Mary Ellen Rouen

Help Refugees Created By the Aftermath of the Iraq War

People have been asking us to write about how the United States should respond to the terrible violence of ISIS, or the Islamic state. The images and examples, of their cruelty, especially towards Christians, are barbaric. There must be a response. As we have pondered this question, we have been unable to forget some of the roots of the upheaval and violence caused by the Iraq War. We cannot help but  emphasize the grave responsibility we in the United States have towards the hundreds of ... continue reading

Conference at St. Francis College in Indiana: DOROTHY DAY AND THE CHURCH: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE MAY 13-15, 2015

Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was famously eulogized as “the most significant, interesting and influential person in the history of American Catholicism.” Her life embodied the recent call of Pope Francis to build “a poor Church for the poor”—and her combination of political radicalism with Catholic orthodoxy has the potential to lead the Church beyond the categories of “liberal” and “conservative” in its engagement with American culture and politics. This conference will explore ... continue reading

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