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Christmas Letter

Dear Friends of Casa Juan Diego, It is difficult to write our Christmas letter this year because Mark Zwick is no longer with us. His spirit lives on, however, and we share some of his thoughts and ours in this letter. From the beginning, Casa Juan Diego has depended on people who believed in Christmas, who wanted Christ to be born in the stable that is Casa Juan Diego. They wanted the kind of Christmas described by our Lord in Matthew 25:31ff.: When you serve the poor, I am born in your ... continue reading

The Incarnation Brings God’s Prodigal Mercy to the Peripheries

Several years ago a priest visited us at Casa Juan Diego and noticed our book, Mercy Without Borders newly published by Paulist Press. When he asked where it was available, someone told him, through amazon.com. The priest laughed and laughed, saying how funny that was—our being down here hidden away with the poor and our book was on amazon.com! (Not that we are recommending that company here.) His reaction reminded us that living and working at Casa Juan Diego might be seen as almost in a ... continue reading

Hurricane or No Hurricane—Why Don’t They Just Go To Work?

In the days and weeks after the massive floods in Texas caused by Hurricane Harvey, even the harshest judge of the poor could hardly ask, “Why don’t they work?” Water, in some places deep enough to submerge grown men, trapped people in their houses, streets or neighborhoods. No one could go to work. Work places were closed for days or closed permanently because of flood damage. The schools were closed. Banks were closed. The grocery stores were closed. Gas stations were closed. Even the bars ... continue reading

Portraits from the Early Catholic Worker Movement

Dorothy Day and The Catholic Worker: The Miracle of Our Continuance. Photographs by Vivian Cherry, Text by Dorothy Day, Edited, with an Introduction and additional text by Kate Hennessy Reviewed by Susan Gallagher More than 80 years have passed since the founding of the Catholic Worker Movement in 1933 and despite myriad challenges, its work of prayer and action is still unfolding in farms and houses of hospitality around the country. Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker: The Miracle of Our ... continue reading

Mark Zwick’s Acts of Faith: Shelter From the Storm

Reprinted with permission from the Houston Press, January 3, 1991 Photography by Janice Rubin   Thursday morning, Casa Juan Diego looks like a border Welcome Wagon. Nearly 100 Hispanic women crowd inside the front doors, toting young children. Their dress is shabby, but their faces are bright and smiling. The din of staccato, Spanish-speaking voices becomes one unintelligible roar. The women flock to the refugee shelter and social-services center at the corner of Rose and Durham ... continue reading

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