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  • Christmas 2014 Newsletter (12/25/2014) - Our four year-old guest, Maggie, is rarely silent.  Lines from various Frozen songs (“Do you want to build a snowman?” “Let it go, let it go!!!” etc.) are constant refrains from which we struggle to find refuge.  Yet one afternoon last week, she pranced into our dining room singing jubilantly,…
  • Thanksgiving 2014 Newsletter (11/5/2014) - There is a story told about a heavenly banquet, where various virtues gather to celebrate. The attendees are invited based on whichever of the virtues is practiced by human beings. Thus every time justice is practiced on earth, Lady Justice attends the banquet, and every time patience is practiced, Lady…
  • Fall 2014 Newsletter (10/5/2014) - It felt like hearing a reading of the Acts of the Apostles. 40 Catholic Workers from around the country were gathered for the annual Los Angeles Catholic Worker Sister House retreat. Although we are not officially part of the “Sister House” network of houses started by former members of the…
  • Summer 2014 Newsletter (8/1/2014) - Casa de Clara is named for Saint Clare of Assisi, whose feast day is coming up on August 11. I am embarrassed to say I know precious little about our patron saint, overshadowed as she is by her more wild and colorful contemporary, Francis. Who hasn’t heard of Francis’ dramatic…
  • Pentacost 2014 Newsletter (6/8/2014) - Grace before meals at the Catholic Worker is usually led by our five-year old presider, Chloe, and lasts about five seconds: “ThankYouGodforthisFoodandEverybodyWhoGivesUsGoodThings. WeLoveEverybodyinthisFamilyandWeLoveGodAmen!” Thus begins the most sacred time of our day.   We eat well here, thanks to the food angels from St. Julie’s who provide us with fresh groceries every…