Summary: A month of travelling and giving talks in Massachusetts, New York, and Indiana. Visits Tamar and the grand children in Vermont. Discusses farming communes and complains about the encroaching State. Admires the Shakers and Hutterites and advocates a personalist and communitarian society. (The Catholic Worker, December 1958, 1, 7. DDLW #748).
Summary: Comments on a new translation of St. Therese’s autobiography and the controversy over certain passages. Shays she has had a “constant reading about and thinking about Therese these last ten years.” (The Catholic Worker, September 1958, 4. DDLW #743).
Summary: A homey atmosphere prevails on a rainy Sunday although they are about to be evicted with no replacement house in sight. Mulls over reports of increased use of processed food and scavenging food on Staten Island. (The Catholic Worker, November 1958, 1, 2, 6. DDLW #746).
Summary: Culling newspaper accounts of the newly elected Pope, John XXIII, she describes him as a man who loves the soil and family. Includes quotes from his first public address on love of the poor and condemnation of preparing for war. Explains what it means to struggle for justice and to do so “even if by force,” a phrase the Pope used. (The Catholic Worker, November 1958, 1, 2. DDLW #747)
Summary: Expresses dismay at their difficulty in finding a new house of hospitality and is upset at the process of urban destruction instead of restoration. But says their uncertainty is that of all poor people. Mentions visitors and books to read. (The Catholic Worker, October 1958, 1, 7. DDLW #744).
Summary: Begs for help “with this wild adventure of the works of mercy.” Protests the state’s appropriation of private property and its “ownership of the indigent.” (The Catholic Worker, October 1958, 2 DDLW #745).
Summary: Begs for help “with this wild adventure of the works of mercy.” Protests the state’s appropriation of private property and its “ownership of the indigent.” (DDLW #745: The Catholic Worker, October 1958, page 2.)
Summary: Decries the city’s eviction order and describes their futile search for a new house of hospitality. Tells of two weddings and four deaths during the month. (The Catholic Worker, September 1958, 1, 6. DDLW #742).
Summary: Comments on a new translation of St. Therese’s autobiography and the controversy over certain passages. Says she has had a “constant reading about and thinking about Therese these last ten years.” (DDLW #743: The Catholic Worker, September 1958, page 4.)
Summary: Delights in the refreshing mornings for study and prayer at their beach houses on Staten Island, in spite of noisy children in the evening. Observes that many priests disapprove of Ammon Henacy’s long fasts for peace. Suggests that the modest an prudent keep their work going more than the extremists they often attract. (The Catholic Worker, July-August 1958, 1, 2, 7, 8. DDLW #741).
Summary: Detailed description of her daughter Tamar’s home in Vermont and the Hennessey family’s life. Mentions the 25th anniversary celebration of the Catholic Worker and all the “old timers” who came. Lauds Ammon Hennacy’s penitential fast for out nations dropping the first atomic bomb. (The Catholic Worker, June 1958, 4, 7. DDLW #740).
Summary: Three obituaries–Thelma, a drug addict she met in jail, and of two Catholic Workers, Betty and Jim. Recounts how she held out a hopeful vision of God’s love to Thelma before she died of an overdose. Remembers rubbing Betty’s back as she lay dying in the hospital. (The Catholic Worker, June 1958, 2, 7. DDLW #739).
Summary: Celebrates the 25th anniversary of the C.W. Perceives freedom as the greatest gift to man from God, and advocates a four hour work day, child labor, private property as personal property and manual labor. Personalism works from the bottom up and reminds her readers that Jesus told people, not states, to perform works of mercy. (DDLW #177). The Catholic Worker, May 1958, 1,3,11.
Summary: Appeals for money, telling how they often pay poor people’s rent. Mentions the saints of the week and reminds us we are called to be saints– “to be a lover, ready to leave all, to give all.” We progress on this path by beginning over again each day. (DDLW #738: The Catholic Worker, April 1958, page 2.)
Summary: Refutes the rumor they are closing the house of hospitality. Describes their search for a new house and difficulties with the city housing codes. Decries the violence of children after witnessing an incident in a nearby Church. (The Catholic Worker, April 1958, 1, 6. DDLW #737).
Summary: On a sleepless stormy night, she shares her worry over their coming eviction from Christie Street. Tells the story of Lawrence Blum whom she visited in Mexico, how he found his vocation on a pilgrimage in Mexico, and his work as an example of a family man living a life of sanctity in the world. Keywords: Church (The Catholic Worker, March 1958, 1, 6. DDLW #735).
Summary: Describes the problem of unwanted children, those kicked out of the school system, and neighborhood efforts to start a special school. Sees one cause of the problem in greed, as many mothers and families increasingly have to work more and more to stay ahead, neglecting children in the process. Keywords: voluntary poverty (The Catholic Worker, March 1958, 2. DDLW #736).
Summary: An account of a pilgrimage to Mexico to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe with a group from Minnesota. Highlights the faith of the Mexican people in spite of a history of church persecution. (The Catholic Worker, February 1958, 1, 6. DDLW #734).