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Fall 2017 Newsletter

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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.

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Summer 2017 Newsletter

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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
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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.

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Easter 2017 Newsletter

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Thanksgiving 2016 Newsletter

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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.

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Fall 2016 Newsletter  

Fall 2016

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Our friend Angie called this afternoon. She has been staying at a local shelter for the past couple of months and has been calling us regularly just to check in. Amazingly, she has been clean and sober since she arrived at the shelter, and has seen other remarkable health improvements.

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Summer 2016 Newsletter  

Summer 2016

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“How do you live your Ordinary Time?” asked Verbum Dei sister Dana Dorcakova during one recent prayer group meeting at Casa de Clara. What do you do day in and day out over the course of a week, a month, a life-time?

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May 2016 Newsletter  

May 2016

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Daniel Berrigan, SJ, priest, poet, activist, and friend of the Catholic Worker, died on Saturday, April 30. I first met Dan 16 years ago, when I was living in New York as a Jesuit Volunteer. Dan lived in the “98th street community,” a wonderful and eclectic community…

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Lent 2016 Newsletter  

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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…

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Pentecost 2015 Newsletter  

Pentecost 2015

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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…

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Easter 2015 Newsletter

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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…

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