Summary: Reflects on the plight of the men on the breadline and the “natural cheerfulness of the moment.” Asks readers to help their work of feeding those who represent Christ. (DDLW #328). The Catholic Worker, December 1937, 1, 4.
Summary: Tells of the Catholic Worker houses and projects in Los Angelus and San Francisco. Notes the many priests and bishops involved with labor issues and the need for a philosophy of work. (The Catholic Worker, December 1937, 1, 2. DDLW #327).
Summary: Facing the desperation of the Great Depression with hope is difficult. Reminds us of the common laboring life of Christ and the Holy Family. Religion links us in a brotherhood through Christ and is a battle “unto the pulling down of fortifications.” (DDLW #188). The Catholic Worker, December 1937, 3.
Summary: Describes a visit to Tom Mooney who was jailed in 1915 for labor organizing and who spends his days caring for infirm inmates in San Quentin prison. Mooney sees Christ as “a great Leader of the workers who set an example of laying down His life for the poor and dispossessed of this world.” (The Catholic Worker, November 1937, 1. DDLW #326).
Summary: An interview with the Governor of Michigan and his role in settling strikes and labor disputes in a non-violent way. Highlights his views on law and order, but rejection of force and violence. Notes his membership in the Third Order of Franciscans. (DDLW #885: The Catholic Worker, October 1937, pp. 1,3).
Summary: Supports strikes but not using violence by strikers or company guards. Quotes Norman Thomas on our violent history. Keywords: non-violence, labor (DDLW #906). The Catholic Worker, October 1937, pp. 1,2
Summary: Tales of children at the Easton farm, sleeping under a leaking roof, and recent donations. Tells of their prayers to St. Joseph for money to acquire a nearby farm and to build a chapel. (The Catholic Worker, September 1937, 1, 2. DDLW #325).
Summary: In the midst of house renovation the bread line continues. Says those who oppose helping the destitute have an “atheistic attitude.” Appeals for money and describes their “Little Italy” neighborhood. (The Catholic Worker, August 1937, 1, 2. DDLW #324).
Summary: Blames the press and factory owners for inciting police violence against strikers. Relates the suffering of those beaten to Christ’s in the garden of Gethsemane. Says we are all guilty for not protesting. Includes some news from the Easton farm. (DDLW #323). The Catholic Worker, July 1937, 1, 4, 7.
Summary: Describes parish life in a South Side Chicago slum, the beautiful liturgy in a St. Louis, Missouri, convent. Speaks to workers, white and colored, and lauds the teaching and hospital work of a 75 year old priest, Fr. John Lyons. (The Catholic Worker, June 1937, 4, 6, 7. DDLW #322).
Summary: Exhorts organizers of an anti-Communist rally to stop inciting hate and violence with inflammatory propaganda. Rather, “Forget the negative idea of”fighting Communism,” and concentrate on that of building up the Mystical Body of Christ.” Addressed to the Head of International Catholic Truth Society (The Catholic Worker, May 1937, 1, 2. DDLW #320).
Summary: Describes the agrarian life at the Easton, Pennsylvania, farm–plans for the barns, a newborn lamb, and the promise of goats. Tells of stopping in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on her way West. (The Catholic Worker, May 1937, 4, 7. DDLW #321).
Summary: Describes those who deny Christ in His poor as “atheists indeed.” Blames well-off “professing Christians” for repelling those with no religion. Quotes from a pamphlet given to the men in the breadline about Christ being their brother and His poverty. (The Catholic Worker, April 1937, 4. DDLW #319).
Summary: Urges John Brophey, the C.I.O. trade unions director, to use the technique of sit-down strikes, a nonviolent form of coercion, a means used by Gandhi and an example of pure means advocated by Maritain. “The use of force is unchristian.” (The Catholic Worker, April 1937, 1, 3. DDLW #318).
Summary: Supports the sit-down strike as a nonviolent tactic in labor organizing. Describes in detail a visit to strikers against General Motors in Flint, Michigan. Notes Communists take advantage of strikes to promote their philosophy of life and calls for Catholics to become “apostles of labor” to reach the masses. (The Catholic Worker, March 1937, 1, 4. DDLW #317).
Summary: An appeal for money to support the growing breadlines. Describes the lines, cost of feeding so many, the help they receive, and prayers to St. Joseph. Reminds readers that their gifts put them in Christian solidarity with the breadline and what is done for the men is done for Him. (DDLW #315). The Catholic Worker, February 1937, 1.
Summary: A colorful account of a winter morning at the Easton farm–warm fires and cold bedrooms, making butter, the frolics of Bessie the three month old calf. Speaks of guest rooms, hospitality, starting a Catholic lending library, and reading about cooperatives. (The Catholic Worker, February 1937, 4. DDLW #316).
Summary: Details about caring for workers during the seamens’ strike–the need for large amounts of food, space to sleep, illness, high rent, and the threat of violence. Says unions need a supernatural outlook for “without a fatherhood of God, there can be no brotherhood of man.” (The Catholic Worker, January 1937, 4, 6. DDLW #314).
Summary: The Daily Worker, a Communist daily paper, telegraphs The Catholic Worker* asking it to denounce “fascist barbarism.” The response protests all war, imperialist, civil, or class, whether fascist or bolshevist. (The Catholic Worker, January 1937, 5. DDLW #313).*
Summary: The Daily Worker, a Communist daily paper, telegraphs The Catholic Worker* asking it to denounce “fascist barbarism.” The response protests all war, imperialist, civil, or class, whether fascist or bolshevist. (DDLW #313).*The Catholic Worker, January 1937, 5.