Summary: Reasserts the ideal and hope of forming communes and farming communities. Tales of Tamar’s mischievous children and the value of reading scripture. (The Catholic Worker, December 1955, 6. DDLW #696).
Summary: An appreciation of community life in a Bruderhof of 175 people. Describes the division of labor, the “rich poverty” with artists, musicians, and worship. Recalling Peter Maurin’s vision of farming communes she wishes for more such Catholic communities. (The Catholic Worker, December 1955, 1, 7. DDLW #695).
Summary: Anecdotes that focus on money, poverty, freedom, encounters with courts, accusations by the city, troublesome guests, and taxes. (The Catholic Worker, November 1955, 2, 7. DDLW #694).
Summary: An appeal for financial help and a restatement of the Catholic Worker belief in personal responsibility for the poor over State responsibility. (The Catholic Worker, November 1955, 2. DDLW #242).
Summary: Anticipates the ordeal of her and others’ appearance in court for disobeying the Civil Defense Act. They plead guilty. Visits migrant workers in southern Minnesota and describes their hard life. Praises the work of women for donations to the stricken of the world. Lauds the factory work in Chicago of the Little Sisters of Charles de Foucauld. (DDLW #929). The Catholic Worker, Oct 1955, p. 3
Summary: Visits and visitors fill her days and conferences and talks fill many evenings. Praises Ammon Hennacy’s annual fast and picketing for America’s dropping of the atom bomb. Says handicrafts provide relaxation and create beauty–“the rhythm of life which overflows in work of hand and brain.” (The Catholic Worker, September 1955, 5, 8. DDLW #691).
Summary: Chronicles life at St. Joseph’s House: repairs, grocery bills for “the line”, managing subscriptions, endless mail and visitors. Asks St. Joseph to “impel” readers to help pay the grocery bills. (The Catholic Worker, September 1955, 7, 8. DDLW #692).
Summary: An account of moving everything from Maryfarm in Newburgh to Peter Maurin Farm on Staten Island and the birth of Tamar’s seventh child, Martha. (The Catholic Worker, July-August 1955, 3. DDLW #240).
Summary: A graphic description of how she and 29 others were treated by the police, jailers, and courts after arrest for protesting air raid drills against nuclear attack. Gives a reason for the protest and decries the inhuman aspects of their treatment–crowding, lack of food, waiting. Notes: “What a neglected work of mercy, visiting the prisoner.” (DDLW #241). The Catholic Worker, July-August 1955, 1,8.
Summary: Discusses the problems with the selling of Maryfarm, the difficulties of construction at Peter Maurin Farm and extends an appeal for assistance. Recounts her trip to Montreal, Canada and her encounters with the various communities and people who live with the poor there. She concludes with a reflection on the values of work and silence. (The Catholic Worker, June 1955, 1, 6. DDLW #687).
Summary: News from St. Joseph’s House–a summons from “Holy Mother, the City” for housing code violations, visiting Asian priests, a new subway nearby. Expresses wonder at what can be achieved materially, if not spiritually. (The Catholic Worker, June 1955, 8. DDLW #690).
Summary: Appeals to readers for money to assist children from East Harlem to spend a summer at the beach. (The Catholic Worker, June 1955, 5. DDLW #688).
Summary: Quotes David Hennacy’s distributist ideas–the need for the worker to acquire property, usury, industrialism’s faults, and suggested books to read. Keyword: distributism (The Catholic Worker, June 1955, 7. DDLW #689).
Summary: Outlines Peter Maurin’s program for social reordering. Calls for a Green Revolution, a return to the villages. Finds his whole message embodied in personalism, which begins with oneself. Blames the C.W.’s problems in its lack of ability to limit itself. (DDLW #176). The Catholic Worker, May 1955, 2.
Summary: Asks for help, reminding us that we get what we need since “God is not to be outdone in generosity.” Notes their Lenten fasting and the results they can expect. (DDLW #685). The Catholic Worker, April 1955, 2.
Summary: Fr. Daniel Lord, who recently died, is remembered for his work with youth in the fields of Catholic Action and contentious objection. Describes her time at the farm attending conferences and caring for her grandchildren. Ruminates about human freedom in relation to involuntary poverty. Keyword: pacifism (The Catholic Worker, April 1955, 2, 7. DDLW #686).
Summary: Asks for help, reminding us that we get what we need since “God is not to be outdone in generosity.” Notes their Lenten fasting and the results they can expect. (The Catholic Worker, April 1955, 2. DDLW #685).
Summary: The tale of Felicia, a young Puerto Rican woman struggling to survive in the city living in a tenement with her husband and three children. Discovers they are being exploited to over pay for furniture which is already nearly worn out. Decries the exploitation of the poor, especially by other poor people. Concludes by pointing out the beauty of the spring and says “..God is not mocked.” (The Catholic Worker, April 1955, 1, 6. DDLW #684).
Summary: Describes the deportation to Spain of Francisco Fernandez from a Federal prison. Lauds his dedication to human freedom, protest against the state, and decries all totalitarian regimes. (DDLW #918). The Catholic Worker, April 1955, 3, 7
Summary: Deplores the destitution brought on by the present social order of capitalist industrialism, describing their soup line. In contrast, lauds the self-sufficient life of Hutterite communities. Supports organic gardening. Concludes the solution to physical destitution is through spiritual means: “We are en-route, on pilgrimage, and our job is to trust, to hope and to pray, and also to work ‘to make that kind of a social order when it is easier for man to be good.’” (The Catholic Worker, March 1955, 1, 4. DDLW #683).