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On Pilgrimage: Our Spring Appeal

Summary: Appeals for help and answers the question “What is it all about, this Catholic Worker movement?” Describes the Catholic Worker as a school, a family, and a community of need. Says they are anarchist-pacifist, which is distinguished from nihilism. Asserts the primacy of conscience and “The most effective action we can take is to try to conform our lives to the folly of the Cross, as St. Paul called it.” Keywords: Catholic Worker philosophy, non-violence (DDLW #500). The Catholic Worker, May 1970, 1, 2, 11.

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On Pilgrimage – March-April 1970 

Summary: After attending Ammon Hennacy’s funeral in Utah she travels to Florida and Georgia visiting friends, the Koinonia community, and a trappist monastery. Prays for courage in the face of vast poverty and violence. Encouraged by Catholic Pentecostal movement and return to prayer. (The Catholic Worker, March-April 1970, 2, 8. DDLW #499).

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Money and the Middle-class Christian

*Summary: An interview by the NCR with Dorothy Day and Gary MacEoin, writer and social justice advocate. Dorothy explains the Catholic Worker positions on taxes, money, surplus money, cooperatives and credit unions. They agree the economic goal is that “everyone can live at a human level. They critique Church wealth. They agree and disagree during the conversation.* (National Catholic Reporter, February 18, 1970. Pp. 1, 5-6. DDLW #20)

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Ammon Hennacy: ‘Non-Church’ Christian

Summary: Recalls Ammon Hennacy’slife and contribution to the Catholic Worker Movement. Admires his courage, hard work, dedication, voluntary poverty, and constant struggle against war. Admits he was sometimes harsh and anticlerical but acknowledges “He was an inspiration and reproach.” –a unique kind of Christian. (DDLW #192). The Catholic Worker, February 1970, 2,8.

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Peter Maurin, Personalist

Summary: Tells a story of Peter Maurin’s work at the Easton farm and goes on to summarize his principal teachings. Peter was a deeply religious man, a reader and constant student, who recommended books, especially the lives of the saints. He valued physical labor and wanted farming cooperatives, “clarification of thought”, and houses of hospitality. His faith was invincible, he exhorted a philosophy of poverty and the study of man’s freedom. (DDLW #914) The Catholic Worker, May 1965, pp. 1, 2, 5, 6