December Newsletter: “God is light: there is no darkness in God at all.” (1 Jn. 1)

Dear Friends,                                                                                              Christmas 2014

flight to egypt

Flight to Egypt by Fritz Eichenberg

So many Christmas carols speak of light, brightness, or “the stars are brightly shining.” That’s because the story of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem is the story of the “light of the world” cracking the darkness.

Not only do the Gospels describe Jesus as the light of the world:
“I am the light of the world;
       anyone who follows me will not be walking in the dark;
       they will have the light of life.” (Jn 8: 12)
but Jesus calls each of us to be the “light of the world:

“You are the light of the world….your light must shine in the sight of others.” (Matt 5:14)

In our world with so many refugees and so many wars and such a gap between extreme poverty and extreme wealth, we have an opportunity to be kind this Christmas and be a light to the dark. The prophet Micah comes to mind:

“What is good has been explained to you; this is what
Yahweh asks of you: only this,
To act justly,
To love tenderly and
To walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

Dorothy Day was right when she repeated over and over again: “the answer is LOVE.”

Have a Holy Christmas,

Larry Purcell, Ronnie Georges, Sr. Mary Jane Floyd, Jan Johanson,
Aida Figueroa, Susan Crane and J. Arthur White.


  1. FOOD in any amount. We have 7 separate residences to supply and can use all the help we can get.
  1. Teachers for our English Language School to help at night and tutors to help grammar school children with their homework in the afternoons. Call Sr. Mary Jane Floyd at (650) 366-8315.
  1. Jobs for Day Laborers. Call Cesar at (650) 339-2794 – Hauling, painting, gardening, carpentry, staining, tile work or any other job you might have.
  1. Household needs: A car, a Brother desktop copier (DCP-7065DN), shampoo, laundry detergent, shaving cream, razors, a large & not to old refrigerator for our home for troubled teens, index cards, gift cards for Christmas, (Target, Safeway, Old Navy, Payless,etc.)
  1. A house or money to buy a house for a new Catholic Worker center.
  1. Your ongoing love and support.



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