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Veronica’s Veil – Working Amidst Impossible Situations at the Houston Catholic Worker

Marjorie began  as a Catholic Worker at Casa Juan Diego this past summer after her graduation from Saint Francis University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In Catholic tradition, there is a saint named Veronica who, as the story goes, was so overcome by the sight of Jesus carrying his cross on the road to be crucified that she handed him her veil to wipe the blood off his face. In return, Jesus left a perfect image of his face on the cloth to serve as a sign of his divinity. On that treacherous ... continue reading

The Visitor: Recognizing Jesus in Disguise at the parish

One Sunday in July, at my parish church, a homeless man sat on a bench outside. Just before Mass started, he walked in to attend. Then, after Mass, he stood under an awning where his fellow congregants greeted one another. He was ignored. Yet everywhere this man sat or stood, Christ was present in his body.  Why did we not recognize Jesus’ visitation?  Jesus’ visit in the distressing disguise of the poor is a stern mercy and a hard privilege. When Jesus comes to me in another person who is ... continue reading

Through Hell to Hope: Migrants Trying to Reach the USA

On September 23, 2022, my husband, my daughter and I decided to undertake a journey for a better future, for a better quality of life.  We are from Venezuela, but had been living in Peru.  Everything was going well when we started out in Peru, then Ecuador.  Our nightmare began in Colombia.  We entered into the Darién jungle on September 27.  No one told us the horrible truth that is hidden in this jungle.  We saw the dead left by their family members. Some children who did not have money were ... continue reading

Our Needs

Updated March 28, 2023 Bilingual volunteers Thursday and Friday mornings 8:00 to 12:00 noon. Volunteer doctors for our Casa Maria Clinic in Southwest Houston. Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 or 5:00 p.m once a month. Bed pillows Jeans for men, size 28-34 waist; tennis shoes for men, sizes 8 to 11. Duffel bags, suitcases for people who need to travel to other cities. Underpads for the sick and injured, baby wipes We also need the following food      Bread      Canned vegetables   ... continue reading

Our Guadalupe Truck Disappeared

In 2001, Casa Juan Diego made an investment in a new truck. A Ford F550, this was a large truck. It could seat six and had a 12-foot cargo box. It was a big investment for us. On Friday, January 6th, 2023 we noticed it was missing. It was last seen on Wednesday that week. When we bought the truck (again, 22 years ago) we were frequently picking up orders from the Houston Food Bank ourselves. All that changed after Harvey, as the Food Bank became too organized for us. They deliver to us for ... continue reading

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