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Three “Marks”: St. Mark the Evangelist, Mark Zwick the Worker, and the New Baby

  Julia joined us as a Catholic Worker at Casa Juan Diego after graduating from Tulane University. One day during the fall, Louise told me she was reading the Gospel of St. Luke from beginning to end during Mark Zwick's last months. I had never done this before so I thought, with someone to hold me accountable; I would follow their example. After finishing the Gospel of Luke, I was hungry to begin another so I asked Louise which one should come next. She thought perhaps the Gospel of ... continue reading

God Blesses Casa Juan Diego With New Baby

Celia came to us from the Bruderhof to join in our Works of Mercy at Casa Juan Diego. As of Tuesday, January 10, there is a new member at Casa Juan Diego. She weighs six pounds but is steadily gaining, has beautiful black hair and perfect little fingers and toes. Cristina’s arrival at Casa Juan Diego was celebrated by all the women and children who make up our unlikely community, a motley group hailing from Cuba, Central and South America and the Congo. Cristina’s mother is an ... continue reading

Saints and Non-Saints: “To Do” Or “To Be,” That Is the Question

by Mark Zwick   This article was first published in Our Sunday Visitor in the 1990’s. The pastor of a nearby parish really got our attention recently in his Sunday sermon. He said that we emphasize “doing” too and neglect “being.” “Be!” he stated strongly, not “do.” We felt guilty and resolved to concentrate more on “being.” Of course, we don’t know what is going to happen when we tell the 887th person who comes for services this month that we ... continue reading

Communion of Saints, Cornerstone of the Catholic Worker: The Heart Is Made for Heroism

The day after Mark’s funeral (Mark Zwick, December 22, 1927-November 18, 2016) Father Rafael Dávila mentioned that our Wednesday night liturgy on that day would be the first time that Mark accompanied us at Mass from heaven. His comment brought to us a new level of awareness of the Communion of Saints, enshrined in Church teaching in the Apostles’ Creed. Mark and I had joyfully read together about the Communion of Saints in the Catechism of the Catholic Church in the spring of last year ... continue reading

Sarah Maples, miraculously recovered from a brain tumor, later diagnosed with another one

Sarah Maples, a friend of Casa Juan Diego and an advocate for the canonization of Dorothy Day, died at her home near Athens, Oklahoma on March 11, 2017.  She was 67. In 2009, when Sarah was suffering from a brain tumor and had been given a terminal diagnosis, her friend Dr. Richard Fossey began to pray for her healing by invoking the intercession of Dorothy Day.  Soon Sarah herself began asking Dorothy’s assistance. Sarah received experimental cancer treatment at the Mayo Clinic.  ... continue reading

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