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On Pilgrimage (June 1972)

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.

 

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Disgraceful Plight Of Migrant Workers On California Farms

Summary: Witnesses the struggles of migrant farm workers in the San Joachin Valley of California and the class war with the big business interests of the Associated Farmers. Is ambivalent about government help for the workers, preferring cooperatives and personal responsibility to corporation farming and birth control clinics for the rural proletariat. (DDLW #357). The Catholic Worker, May 1940, 1, 2.

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Houses of Hospitality

Summary: Enunciates the principles for starting a house of hospitality. Emphasizes starting small and emphasizing Christian principles. “They [Houses of Hospitality] will emphasize personal action, personal responsibility as opposed to political action and state responsibility.” (DDLW #308). The Catholic Worker, December 1936, 4.

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Poverty Is the Pearl of Great Price

Summary: Discusses the difficulty of self-supporting and how voluntary poverty and manual labor are the means of the C.W. to achieve justice. Remarks that personal responsibility alleviates destitution but gives “plenty of holy poverty.” (DDLW #172). The Catholic Worker, July-August 1953, 1,7.

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More About Holy Poverty Which Is Voluntary Poverty

Summary: “Am I my brothers keeper?” Argues that increased state intervention limits personal freedom and responsibility. Sees the social security legislation and other state programs as taking responsibility from the community, parish, family and person. Voluntary poverty on the other hand promotes responsibility, since it comes directly from the person. (DDLW #150). The Catholic Worker, February 1945, 1-2.

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More About Holy Poverty. Which Is Voluntary Poverty

Summary: Describes her trip to Antigonish, Nova Scotia and her stay with the community. Discusses her meeting with the United Mine Workers and how cooperative stores there have built a spiritual foundation for their material needs distribution. Comments on the community’s independence and its inter-dependence on one other. (DDLW #146). The Catholic Worker, September 1938, 1,3,4.