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Maria Aguirre is the mom of Casa Maria’s Cesar Aguirre (little Cesar), grandma of Alissa and Jasmine, and wife of Cesar Aguirre (big Cesar).

Recently she moved here for about three months, to provide much needed help in the Free Kitchen. She has been a real inspiration, and her tacos dorados are to die for!

Here are her words!


Que Ondas Brian,

Thank you for your letter. It is wonderful to turn 60, but what do I know I’m 10 years behind you. I really do understand about your knee pain (ouch!) You shared a bit of what you did for your birthday. If you don’t mind I would love to share with you something I wrote.

I hope you can understand how the time I spent at Casa Maria has impacted, and what it has done for me. As I volunteered there I found friends that now have become my family. This has been a wonderful journey.

A little journey has come to its end. I realized that all I learned, I knew already. But all I learned was also new. My only hope was to make Jesus more fully the center of my life, the heart of my heart, the lover of my soul, the bridegroom of my spirit. He was always there, in a soft gentle, hidden way. Yet he is there now as though he had never been there. He is always the same and never the same, always searched for, always found. That’s what God’s love is all about. The lover and the beloved are two and yet one, separated and yet in full communion, in anguish yet filled with ecstatic joy. I caught a glimpse of it again. Something new has begun, nothing can be predicted. Yet all is already held safe in the divine embrace that holds me too.

P.S. Brian, thank you! God Bless you.

I pray- God help me continue to draw nearer to you each day through Jesus and with the help of the Holy Spirit. AMEN

I really miss Mass at Casa Maria’s on Mondays.

Maria Aguirre



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