Christmas 2017 Newsletter
During this Christmas season, we are invited to participate in the mystery of Christ’s coming, incarnating in the cosmos, in human history, and in our hearts, families, and communities. We watch, wait, and hope for signs of the Incarnation breaking into the darkness of our world fraught with seemingly intractable patterns of violence and devastation on a global scale. We are warmed by the intimate, humble images of childbirth, family, and human and divine fidelity; of God’s saving mercy alighting upon the human race in the most vulnerable and helpless form possible: that of an infant. And we are drawn to ask ourselves how we can perceive, receive, and respond to this newness of life that beckons us with such tenderness, no matter how impenetrable the darkness.
Thanksgiving 2017 Newsletter
On Casa de Clara’s anniversary year, we think of the 40 years the Israelites wandered in the desert – those long 40 years of journeying toward the promised land, 40 years of letting go of the ways of Empire they learned in Egypt, 40 years of learning the ways of freedom. We read in Exodus that it was 40 years of being fed on manna and trusting in God’s providence, and also of grumbling about how they should never have set off on this reckless journey to begin with.
Fall 2017 Newsletter
Casa de Clara is an experiment in hope. We try to live joyfully in the midst of the pain and suffering that so often surround us…Our challenge is to face the darkness of the world, and not despair, to look squarely at the world as it is, and yet find hope. But how? In our experience, hope is found in two places: concrete action, and sustained contemplation.
Summer 2017 Newsletter
Small is part of the beauty of Casa de Clara. We try to love the four women and children we share daily life with, and the twenty or so alumni we stay in touch with; we have no aspirations to become a 40 or 60 or 600 bed shelter. We’ve learned that we can’t love “the homeless” in general, only individuals experiencing homelessness. And so we eat dinner together five nights a week, check in about our days, and do the dishes together afterwards. It’s a drop in the bucket compared to the 4,350 homeless individuals in San Jose, but we commit to these few, and do everything we can to see their transition
Pentecost 2017 Newsletter
Showers to the People! is nine months old. Where has the time gone? It seems like yesterday when Sally took the first shower of Showers to the People! The glowing smile on her face as she came out is still clear in my mind. So many memories! I feel very limited and overwhelmed trying to summarize what this experience has been like for me. Meeting the various people who come for a shower has been nothing short of incredible, and I am grateful that most of them have become regulars.
Easter 2017 Newsletter
This is the inescapable paradox of our faith—Christ is risen, a new day has dawned, yet suffering persists and the Caesars of the world continue their plunder of the earth and its peoples. This is the unresolvable tension in which we live, keeping us ever searching, growing, stretching toward that new creation, that better world whose seeds have been sown in our hearts.
Ash Wednesday 2017 Newsletter
In every age there are those who become convenient targets for the fear in our hearts. In Jesus’ day, it was the lepers and Samaritans. In Nazi Germany, it was the Jews. In 1940’s America, it was people of Japanese descent. Today, it is Muslims, refugees, and immigrants.
Christmas 2016 Newsletter
Merry Christmas from all of us at Casa de Clara! As we look back over our year, we are grateful for all that has come to be at Casa de Clara, thanks to your support and the grace of God. Our house of hospitality for women and children will enter its 40th year in 2017. We are grateful for the work of so many who came before us who built up this ministry.
Thanksgiving 2016 Newsletter
Yes, we have a new President-elect, but our task remains the same. You, too, have been given people to love today: your students, patients, or customers, your bosses and employees, your family and friends, your neighbors rich and poor. The Reign of God is born again today, not in the Presidency, but in our lives and in our communities. Let us continue to support one another as we strive to bear witness to the Good News.
Fall 2016 Newsletter
Lent 2016 Newsletter
Dear Friends, I could not believe what I was hearing. It was the Third Sunday in Advent. In the Gospel reading for that day, the crowds ﬂock to the desert to ask John the Baptist, “What should we do?” As I sat in the pew at Holy Spirit parish in South San Jose, the pastor, Fr. Brendan McGuire…
Pentecost 2015 Newsletter
Dear Friends, 82 years after the founding of the Catholic Worker movement on May Day 1933, and almost 2000 years after the founding of the Church on that first Pentecost, perhaps this is a good time to present our vision anew: Christ came to inaugurate a new world, and we…
Easter 2015 Newsletter
Dear Friends, For some, the Catholic Worker is about our hospitality to women and children. For others, it is about our resistance to a war-making empire. For still others, we are their primary faith community. For those of us who live and work here, the Catholic Worker is primarily about…