Summary: An open letter to Fr. Dan Berrigan. Expresses her love and gratitude for his and his brother’s (Fr. Phil Berrigan) work for peace and their influence on the young. Speaks of abortion and birth control as genocide. Singles out sayings of Jesus on forgiveness and the continuous need to confess one’s sins. (The Catholic Worker, December 1972, 2, 8. DDLW #526).
Summary: While appealing for help, she extols the constant stream of young volunteers who come to the CW, “as to a school,” preparing them for careers in line with the works of mercy. Notes their folly and reliance on the “little way” of St. Therese. (The Catholic Worker, October-November 1972, 2. DDLW #524).
Summary: Recovering from illness at the Tivoli farm, she reflects on prayer, praying for those who commit suicide, avoiding judgment of self and others, paying taxes, living and working in community, and resisting government bureaucracy. (The Catholic Worker, October-November 1972, 2, 4. DDLW #525).
Summary: Reports that the Internal Revenue Service, convinced of their religious convictions, has absolved them of back taxes and penalties. Describes the trees growing in the neighborhood and repeats the idea of the sacrament of the present moment. (DDLW #523). The Catholic Worker, July-August 1972, 1, 2, 6, 8.
Summary: Reaffirms their refusal to become a “corporation” in the face of a huge Internal Revenue Service tax penalty. Points to Peter Maurin’s insistence on personal responsibility and turns to scripture and the Eucharist for solace and faith. (Also see document #523) (DDLW #522). The Catholic Worker, June 1972, 2, 7.
Summary: Explains CW finances and why the CW refuses to apply for tax exempt status. Cites Ammon Hennacy and Karl Meyer’s tax resistance as nonviolent protest against war. Upholds the principle that governments should never do what small bodies can accomplish. (DDLW #191). The Catholic Worker, May 1972, 1,3,5.
Summary: Saddened by cuts to care at a nearby mental hospital, she calls for more conscientious objectors to do alternative service. Appreciates the work for the poor of Jean Vanier, Mother Theresa of Calcutta, and the Russian Orthodox saint, Alexander Nevsky. Reminisces about visits to Mississippi and the life and work of Medgar and Charles Evers for racial equality. (The Catholic Worker, February 1972, 2, 5, 8. DDLW #518).
Summary: Aims to write about “the earthly spirituality that Christians need to recover.” She sees it exemplified during a stay with Cesar Chavez at the farmworkers education center in La Paz, California. Speaks of the dangers he faces and his zeal, fasting, and recognition of voluntary poverty as spiritual weapons. Notes that “much is wild, prophetic and holy about our [CW] work–it is that which attracts the young who come to help us. But the heart hungers for that new social order wherein justice dwelleth.” (The Catholic Worker, January 1972, 1, 2, 4. DDLW #517).