My wife and I are members of the Casa de Clara Catholic Worker community in San Jose, California, located on the corner of 6th and Julian streets. We are also Oblates of New Camaldoli Hermitage, a Camaldolese Benedictine monastic community on the Big Sur coast of California. 6th and Julian is my outlet for musing on our lives as we seek to integrate contemplative monastic spirituality while living in a Christian intentional community—following Jesus among friends and neighbors on the social and economic margins, providing hospitality to women and children experiencing homelessness, and nonviolently resisting forces of militarism, ecological destruction, and the exploitation of the vulnerable of our world.

The images above are, from right to left, a quote from Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, painted on a wall in our dining room at Casa de Clara; a stained glass rendition of the Camaldolese emblem—two peacocks sharing a single chalice, which can symbolize the unity of professed monastics and lay Oblates who are nourished by a common spiritual source; and the crucifix hanging in the rotunda of the chapel of New Camaldoli Hermitage.