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Thy Will Be Done

Sofía has been a volunteer at Casa Juan Diego for ten years. In January of 2021 I discovered that I was pregnant. The emotion was huge. We could not believe that soon we would be a family of five. The normal symptoms of pregnancy began. Nausea, insomnia, sleepiness… the “normal” and “expected.” During the 10th week,… continue reading

Christmas and Precarity

What we celebrate in our Christmas Masses is true. God has entered human history in the Word made flesh, the Second Person of the Triune God. As Jennifer Newsome Martin, put it in her study of the work of Charles Péguy, French poet of the Incarnation, in Communio this year, “With the resounding fact of… continue reading

Home Was Where the Hard Was

Mattie, a student at Berea College in Kentucky, worked at Casa Juan Diego this summer as an intern. She reflects here on her experience. The greatest gift that Casa Juan Diego gave me was the ability to walk out of Mass with the inescapable opportunity to live out the Gospel. The life I have lived… continue reading

‘Don’t Worry, This Is a Catholic House’

Published in Commonweal Magazine. October 25, 2021 Our work at Casa Juan Diego in Houston, Texas, changed abruptly during the first months of the pandemic. Because of the lockdowns and emergency restrictions at the U. S. Mexico border, fewer refugees arrived from Latin Amieica. We were busier than ever, however…. To Continue reading the article,… continue reading

A Summer of Mystery and Encounter

Josef is a student at the University of Notre Dame who came to Casa Juan Diego this summer as a Catholic Worker through Notre Dame’s summer learning program. Time spent at Casa Juan Diego is full of mystery and unknown. Although there are some set schedules and routines like food distribution on Tuesdays and morning… continue reading

Crucifixion

How did he do it? How did Christ endure the ignominy of his people, being branded a criminal, tortured, cursed and crucified, lashed, nailed, pierced, and crowned.   He doubted, felt forsaken, yet he used his last breath to forgive, as love oozed from his pores more red than blood.   Strong, serene, free of… continue reading

At Casa Juan Diego Finding Lost Migrants

When people tell us that their families were separated at the border, they hope against hope that we will be able to help them find their loved ones. What a challenge as we receive many families and individuals from ICE. We all rejoiced a few months ago when we were able to find a 19-year-old… continue reading

The Crisis of Climate Displaced People: Two Reports to Guide Us

This article was just quoted in the Brookings Register of South Dakota in an article by Carl Kline entitled, “It’s Time to Act on Climate Change.” https://brookingsregister.com/article/its-time-to-act-on-climate-change When hurricanes Iota and Eta devastated Honduras and parts of Guatemala last year, causing massive flooding and rain and the loss of places to live and many livelihoods, Central… continue reading

We Almost Didn’t Survive

By a Cuban refugee woman On the 19th of June of 2019 I left my country of birth to seek a better future for myself and my family.  On that day I set out for Guyana.  There I worked with my husband to maintain ourselves with food and housing.  Many days we slept in the… continue reading

The Gospel and Living Catholic Tradition

The Second Vatican Council asks us to read the signs of the times and interpret them in the light of the Gospel. In seeking to do that, we have been trying to make sense of the divisions in our country and our Church, of so much violence, of threats to our climate and the earth,… continue reading