I am glad to read something in a national magazine that speaks of the Catholic Worker. I know first-hand the hard work being done by so many people through the the almost 200 houses around the world--each house so unique in their mission and understanding of the world today.
I first found the Catholic Worker by mistake in 1991 while traveling around the country visiting Intentional Communities,(the old communes of the sixties grown into the '90s) and needing a place to stay for the night. Casa Maria in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, offered me a meal and a place to lay my head. My experience in that house of hospitality opened up a new world for me. What I had seen before that in community were small groups of people trying to escape the modern world. What I found in the Catholic Worker was a group of people opening their door and welcoming all, offering their home to others through the act of direct love.
I hope there are many more stories of the Catholic Worker to be written because these people should not be a secret to the world. They just might be what it takes to save the world.
Jul 7 2008 - 3:40pm