Do not miss the new book, Mercy without Borders: The Catholic Worker and Immigration, by Mark and Louise Zwick. Mercy without Borders tells the remarkable story of Casa Juan Diego, the Catholic Worker house of hospitality founded by the Zwicks in Houston, Texas.
When it comes to the preservation and continuation of the legacy of Dorothy Day, Peter Maurin, and the Catholic Worker, no one does it more faithfully than the Zwicks. Like Dorothy and Peter, the Zwicks are grounded in the intellectual tradition of the Catholic Church, promote and defend the Church’s teachings and devotions, and fulfill Christ’s mandate to love and minister to the least of his brethren. When my wife and I would volunteer at Casa Juan Diego (my wife serving as a translator and assistant in the medical clinic and I completing what Mark called the “humble chores”–writing thank you notes to donors, providing rides to clinics for those staying at Casa Juan Diego, and picking up supplies), I was struck by the Zwicks’ peace and deep faith in the power of the Gospel. They are the only people I have met about whom I have thought, “I am in the presence of living saints.” If you ever have occasion to visit Casa Juan Diego, be it for Mass, prayer, or ministry, you will see what I mean. When you do, you will see an instance of the full expression of the Catholic faith in action. For those who do not visit, Mercy without Borders should do just as well.