Mercy Without Borders: The Catholic Worker and Immigration

Mercy Without Borders: The Catholic Worker and Immigration

by Mark Zwick, Louise Zwick


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After living in El Salvador and witnessing the cost of the political violence and economic hardship there, Mark and Louise Zwick founded Casa Juan Diego. Mercy Without Borders tells the story of the beginnings of the Catholic Worker in Houston, a city that has become a destination for waves of refugees from Mexico and Central America. Over the years, they have received the poor, the weary, and the destitute, seeing only the face of Christ regardless of immigration status.

In addition to sharing their stories of Casa Juan Diego and many of its guests, the Zwicks analyze some of the causes of the economic imbalances that result in destitution south of the U.S. border, in countries where people toil in factories for little or nothing, only to see the fruits of their labor shipped to the affluent north. Why would these victims of injustice not seek a better life for themselves and their children?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809146895
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 11/01/2010
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction v

1 From El Salvador to the Houston Catholic Worker 1

2 Just Read the Lives of the Saints: Casa Juan Diego Begins 27

3 Why Juan Diego? A Saint for Nobodies 46

4 Can the Works of Mercy Be Illegal? 59

5 Casa Juan Diego Rises from the Ashes 78

6 Oh, Freedom! 100

7 God Will Say, "Where are the Others?" 118

8 "Love in Action is a Harsh and Dreadful Thing" 132

9 Escaping Violence, Only to Find It Again 145

10 Their Bones Will Rise Again 169

11 Deportation is a Sin 192

12 Christ did not Die for Profit 212

13 Angel's Story: "I Almost Suffocated in the Trailer" 233

Afterword. "How did You Get that Way?" 239

Appendix 1 FAQs: The Truth about Casa Juan Diego 253

Appendix 2 Houses of Hospitality (Albergues) in Mexico and Guatemala 263

Notes 269

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