The story of a happy Christmas at her daughters house in Vermont anticipating her grandson Eric's return from the war in Vietnam. Remembers a dear friend who died and recommends a book on St. Augustine by Fr. Hugo. Keywords: fasting, mystical body, work.
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.
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.
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.
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
Empathizes with young activists who question their pacifism in the face of so much injustice. Admires the work of activists in China, Hong Kong, Central America, and the revolution in Cuba. Contrasts them to the 20% of people who often ignore the 80% who face inhuman conditions in the world. Tells of activists in prison and those getting out. Keywords: Communism, family
Admires and is grateful for the help two workers gave them: Mike Sollitto, now in the hospital, for his food errands; and Jean Goldstone, recently died, for his engineering help in preparing their First Street house.
Describes in detail the communal life at St. Benedict's farming commune in Australia and their emphasis on the primacy of the spiritual. Notes similarities and differences to the CW farms.
Appeals for funds saying, "All small gifts add up, and we surely need them" Mentions the death of two catholic workers and anticipates a two-month trip around the world noting she has seen the poor of the world--"literally."
Sketchy account of her around-the-world trip and two obituaries of lon-time Catholic Workers, "Smokey Joe" Motyka and Peggy Baird.
Impressions of Tanzanian socialism with extensive quotes from the writings of Julius Nyerere it President. Sees similarities between Nyerere and Peter Maurin's ideals. Calls their New York house and farm a commune and school of non-violence.
Reflects on the sufferings of imprisonment, citing the witness of Fr. Daniel Berrigan. Explains why the Catholic Worker doesn't support protests involving destruction of property. Keywords: Dostoevsky, jail
A plea not to prejudge Angela Davis and Communists. Continues with many stories of interracial actions of Catholic Workers from the 30s onward, tying the horrible past and present war in Southeast Asia. Reminds us of the primarcy of the spiritual in the "little it is we do, or can do." Yet we are bound together, "members one of another." Even from evil God can bring great good.
Recalls the beginnings of their food line and the comradeship in cooking and serving "sturdy soup" and bread, and the occasional dangers in their work.
Notes recent anti-war protests and describes visits to the Berrigan brother's mother. Tells of a new Catholic Worker rural hostel in Schenectady, New York, a visit to Worcester, MA, and a visit to her daughter in Vermont. Keywords: prison, war taxes
"Travelogue" of a speaking trip to South Dakota where she admires rural family life, the folk university movement, and a sod hut. Comments on the women's liberation movement.
Preparing to depart for a peacemaking pilgrimage of Eastern Europe and Russia, she recalls her early fascination with Russia and the role Russian novelists played in her religious conversion. Especially singles out Dostoevsky's character Fr. Zossima. Apologizes for being behind in her correspondence and confesses to being fearful of take-offs and landings of planes.
Describes her trip to Poland and the Russian cities of Leningrad and Moscow where she visits museums, Churches, and cemeteries. Visits the grave of Dostoevsky and debates with a group of Soviet writers about the works of Solzhenitisn. Notes his role in keeping faith in God alive in Russia through his writings. (Continued in Document #515.)
Reflects on the massacre of forty-two in the Attica prison uprising and sees new repression and brutality forthcoming. Asks us to reflect on Jesus who forgave his torturers. Suggests that no one would know the majority profess being Christians in this country.
Continues her account of a visit to Russia. Recounts a visit to Red Square, Lenin's tomb, the graves in the Kremlin wall, and comments on Russian writers. (The first part is in Document #513.)
Tells of bare cupboards and comments on hunger in the world. Says the war in Laos and Cambodia is producing "a reflected violence at home." Quotes St. Augustine on giving what is superfluous to the poor and that giving be combined with respect for others.
Excerpts from her letters while on an across country pilgrimage to Wheaton and Rock Island, Illinois, then Denver, Colorado. Reasserts the need to "go to the poor" and spread the good news by speaking and the works of mercy. Comments on a prison strike noting many are in jail for petty theft while "robber barons" get away with murder. Says "Property is theft."
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."
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.
After receiving $500 in someone's will, explains why the Catholic Worker is not incorporated--the basis of the work is personal responsibility and seeing Christ in everyone who comes for help. Says "Ever to become smaller that is the aim."
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Reflects on art and Dostoevsky's phrase "Beauty will save the world." Laments the encroachment of the "totalitarian State," notes the spread of tax resistance, and inveighs against the Vietnam War. Admires the war resistance work of folk singer Joan Baez.
An obituary for Hans Tunnesen who live and worked at the Catholic Worker for thirty years. Sketches his life, portraying him as a wonderful bread-baker, lover of work, carpenter, and a man of faith.
An obituary for Catholic Worker Mike Sullivan. Comments on letter writing, new books, and the vocation of writing.
Expresses her joy at the presence of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers union at a rally and fiesta in New York in support of the lettuce boycott. Applauds their non-violent approach and hopes it will be a leaven in the union movement.
Series of reflections on the occasion of their 40th anniversary. Laments little time to read, recalls the books Peter Maurin recommended and his constant agitating. Notes the primacy of conscience, defends critics of the Pope, and the need for Christ rooms. Keywords: Philosophy of the CW, obedience, folly of the cross
Diary-like paragraphs for the month--peace meetings, walks, reading, a visit to her daughter and grandchildren in Vermont, planting, and prayers.
"I must write about prayer because it is as necessary to life as breathing." Enumerates several forms of prayer: reading as prayer, the psalms, scriptural prayers of faith, hope and charity, and praying for and to those who have died.
Contrasts Cesar Chabez' stand on nonviolence with the violent tactics of the Teamster's Union against the farm workers in California. Calls for continuing the boycott of grapes and lettuce, picketing, and demonstrations--forms of practicing voluntary poverty and "a peaceful revolution."
Diary-like description of her participation in a United Farm Workers' picket in California, her arrest, and several days in jail. Discusses the work of Cesar Chaveza, Joan Baez, Daniel Ellsberg, and others. Concludes with a prayer to Pope John to aid Chavez and other rural workers throughout the United States.
Rumination on the recent deaths of three loved ones: Jenny Moore, W.H. Auden and Franklin Spier, Day's brother-in-law. How each touched and influenced her emotional and intellectual development. In thinking about death, also ponders Heaven and the importance of the Transfiguration.
An appeal to readers to sustain the Catholic Worker in a time of need. Also a message of thanks for the assistance and love given in the past.
Describes a pilgrimage to England and Ireland to visit the Simon Communities on their ten-year anniversary of serving the destitute. Discusses the Student Christian Movement in England. Attends a fundraiser, which leaves her uncomfortable with the wealth of the celebration's sponsors. Visits the shelter housed in the Crypt of the Cathedral in Liverpool.
Describes Christmas among family and friends in Vermont. Apologizes for always being behind in her mail. Reprints a letter from Ed Forand describing the tremendous inflation in the price of basic food commodities like beans. Continues the description of her trip to Ireland from the December 1973 Catholic Worker. Compares Belfast to cities like Detroit after the riots. Mentions several books about prisons. Concludes with a plea that readers remember all prisoners in their prayers.
Reflects on a number of economic themes: the building of churches; problems with the IRS; why they are not tax-exempt; personalist/anarchist writers and projects; Ade Bethune's Community Corporation in Rhode Island. Extols all forms of mutual aid.
Describes the misery she sees and their efforts to open a new women's house of hospitality. Diary-like account of visits to friends in Virginia, Georgia, and the William Miller (her biographer) family in Florida.
Meandering comments on anarchism, "worthy or unworthy" poor, usury, the Church, holy fools, the writer Solzhenitsyn, Cesar Chavez and the farmowrkers, and the Berrigan brothers.
Focuses on fasting, how hard it is for her, and the call to be holy, to become whole persons--spiritually, mentally, and physically. Lists the many speaking s tops and visits with friends and workers in a trip through the Midwest. Keyword: saints
Ill in bed, she tells of the immanent move to a new Maryhouse for women. Describes their farm as a "village", remembers three workers who died, and recalls the pacifist witness of Ammon Hennacy and his gentle personality.
Writes of beauty in nature and the strange beauty of suffering, their difficulties with city planners, Peter Maurin and Ralph Borsodi on economics, and the importance of "abiding joy" and the "primacy of the spiritual" in the face of national crisis.
Announces the births of two great-grandchildren, describes a visit to Tamar's farm in Vermont, and the harvesting of apples and vegetables. Praises Dick Bliss' Green Hill School, and the character of "useful" versus "useless" work, quoting Dostoevsky.
Records the trials and financial costs of meeting city building codes on a new house for homeless women, and asks for prayers and continued financial support.
Advocates the small is beautiful, personalist, house of hospitality approach to the homeless, rather that the big impersonal approach of the municipal lodging houses.
Describes time spent at the beach house, and a retreat at Corpus Christi Monastery. Eulogizes two long-time Catholic Workers, Julia Porcelli Moran and Jim Rogan, who recently had died.
Contemplates the mysteries of birth and death, the continuing strength of the youth and peace movements, examples of Peter Maurin's "Green Revolution," and the passing of her long-time friend Maisie Ward.
Says the Catholic Worker is a school where volunteers can learn their vocation and to overcome fear. Notes prisoners of conscience, being jailed eleven times, visiting prisoners, and the witness of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Keywords: prison
Talks of means and ends by juxtaposing news of the end of the Vietnam war with an obituary for Bill Gauchat. A close follower of Peter Maurin, Bill Gauchat and his family exemplified a life built around all the works of mercy.
Traces the role of Mary has had in her prayer life--prayers learned before her conversion, her prayer at the national shrine to work for the worker and the poor, the little office of Mary, and the Memorare. Mentions the construction work on Maryhouse.
Vignettes from her date book--life at the beach house on Staten Island, visitors, books she is reading, meetings attended, and visits to Catholic Worker houses and her family.
Meandering reflections on joy in the midst of trouble, irritations mixed with beauty, peacemaking and resistance whilst threats of war persist. Invokes numerous Saints.
Praises the persistent, peaceful, and gentle methods used to halt the eviction of peace activists in a Cincinnati house--"picketing, leafleting, resisting, speaking the truth." Keywords: nonviolence
Eulogizes Arthur Sheehan who was a Catholic Worker for many years and a biographer of Peter Maurin. Remembers him as a calm presence, an ecumenist, peacemaker, author, and contemplative. Keyword: obituary
Speaks of loneliness and how community dispels it, even though quarrels sometimes erupt. Explains where the title of her autobiography, The Long Loneliness, came from.
Fondly recalls Sister Aloysia who guided her preparation for Baptism, mentions tax resistance, and the enthusiasm of a convention of 16,000 charismatic Catholics whom she wishes would embrace peace activities, rejection of war, and income tax resistance. However, she admires their return to Scripture and communitarian spirit. Keyword: Pentacostal
Depicts the loving work of Dorothy and Bill Gauchat with "the saddest, most hopeless, most incurable of crippled children. Says she couldn't put their book down until she finished the last page. "The story is a picture of what could be done."
Recalls her own prison experiences while visiting Alderson Federal Prison in West Virginia. Mentions books on prison life. Also visits friends and family living nearby in the hills.
Three obituaries: Describes her friendship with Helen Iswolsky which began in 1941, living at Tivoli farm, ecumenical activities, and her last illness; Paul Lavalle, a friend and worker with Peter Maurin; Fr. John Kane, a priest near Tivoli.
"The joyful story of the opening of Maryhouse." Filled with gratitude she describes applying the finishing touches. Notes the large auditorium used for Friday meetings started by Peter Maurin.
Praises the simplicity of Bro. Lawrence's way of practicing the presence of God, comparing it to St. Therese's "little way." Sees faith coming through the senses. Calls for an increase in the desire for God in our troubled times.
An anniversary recollection in honor of Peter Maurin. Notes writers who influenced Peter and highlights some of his key ideas. Also reflects on adversity, beauty, martyrs, and joy.
Reminds herself that "the work of the spirit" is as important as other involvements. Visits her daughter Tamar's place in Vermont and admires the handicrafts being taught and practiced, especially working with wool.
A wandering collection of anecdotes centered around letter writing, spiritual reading, and the summer heat.
Chronicles a busy summer of visitors and talks. Says the 60's were not a time of fruitful action and calls for a renewal of the personalist and communitarian revolution through land trusts, credit unions, cooperatives, decentralization and redistribution of land--"this is the living peace movement today."
Speaks of her experience with the poor, and her love of the Church and the Eucharist. Recalls that August 6th is the day to remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki and is critical of a nearby Mass for the military. Notes her family members involvement in wars and asks us to fast, like Ammon Hennacy, and to do penance and ask for forgiveness.
An appeal for funds for their work. Confined to bed, she describes the hubbub of children and guests around her. Although they raise a lot of food, they still need to buy other provisions, including tea, for "the line."
Convalescing after a mild heart attack, she meditates on the beauty of nature and the joy of singing. Says she needs to work at being less irritable. Recommends an article on death someone sent her.
Describes work around the farm at Tivoli, the peaceful death of a companionable worker, and her Winter reading about religion in Russia.
Reminisces about her involvement with the non-violent revolution of Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers--boycotts, pickets, jailings, life with the workers, and worship.
Reflects on the dignity of work, manual labor, and her childhood chores. Talks of reading the novels of Chaim Potok and decries continuing anti-Semitism.
While housebound at Tamar's place in Vermont she reflects on the effect Solzehenitsyn's writing on her faith and reminisces about a Russian friend from her youth who recently died.
Recounts her first meeting with Peter Maurin in 1932, his teaching style, his personal example, and his platform for the Catholic Worker: "Roundtable Discussions, Houses of Hospitality and Farming Communes--those were the three planks in Peter Maurin's platform."
A loving tribute to Peter Maurin--"another St. Francis of modern times." Praises his vision, his poverty, his holiness, and his teachings. Recalls the trial of Peter's last five years when his mind failed him.
Resting for health reasons, she comments on the activity around her. Reflects on "ebbing of life," waiting, and the phrase "now and at the hour of our death" from the Hail Mary.
Amid the beauty of Staten Island she recalls the time of her conversion. Noting the 50th anniversary of the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti she defines Catholic Worker anarchism. Comments on her Scripture reading.
Recounts a visit by her daughter Tamar and granddaughter Katy. Other friends visit as well including Nina Polcyn and Dorothy Gauchat. Day remembers Nina's involvement in a protest in 1934 against the landing of the German liner, Bremen. She also remembers fondly Dorothy Gauchat's husband Bill, of whom Peter Maurin thought highly as well.
Discusses several books she is reading including Sigrid Undset's Kristin Lavransdatter and Chekhov's The Island. Recalls Undset's escape from Nazi-occupied Norway to the United States. Comments on recent events regarding prisoners at home and in Central America. Concludes with a description of the Little Brothers and Charles de Foucauld of whom Peter Maurin said "This is the spirituality for our day."
A yearly appeal for funds from readers. Discusses the poverty of the Catholic Worker and the purpose of that poverty in relation to Christ. Links the appeal for funds to the begging of St. Francis and the giving of funds to our love of God. Keywords: folly of the cross
A reprint of her description of the labor and birth of her daughter Tamar in 1928. The memoir describes waiting to begin labor and commenting on the women around her at Bellevue Hospital clinic. Assisted by her cousin Carol, she returns to Bellevue several days later when her labor pains begin. Vivid description of the pain she endured, her thoughts, and of the people she encounters during those hours. Tender description of breast-feeding and her first few days with her daughter.
Series of diary notes from early winter 1978. Recalls visitors from Australia and bad weather in New York. Discusses her current reading including re-reading Anna Karenina. Discusses suicide with a priest. Other readings and thoughts revolve around her college friend Rayna Prohme, the Chinese Revolution, the music of Wagner, and Masses at St. Joseph's House.
Jottings while convalescing--visitors, books she is reading, music on the radio. Reflects on vocation and the infludence of Fr. Hugo on her life.
Tries to answer the question " How can we believe in a Transcendent God when the Immanent God seems so powerless within time, when demonic forces seem to be let loose?" Points to examples of transcendence in human experience: hope for happiness in intentional communities and love of neighbor, the word of God, miracles, bearing the suffering of others, martyrdom, and delight in loving God.
Jottings about the neighborhood architecture, hymnals of her childhood, Ade Bethune's artwork, and the education of her daughter Tamar.
Admires the witness and energy of young Catholic Workers. Mentions visitors, books she is reading, renewed anti-Semitism, and her love of the Psalms.
Complains that she needs to rest her heart at the beach house instead of joining a demonstration at the UN. Reminisces about friends, greets visitors, mentions her reading, and recalls the start of the movement when she met Peter Maurin.
Jottings of catholic workers coming and going, books she's reading, and television shows.. Praises the work and writing of young CWers.
Decries money spent on armaments that should beffor care of the poor. Appeals "for loaves and fishes, or money to buy them." Reaffirms Holy Poverty for themselves in solidarity with the poor they serve. Receiving no salary, some workers take part-time jobs to support themselves.
Snippets expanded from her diary: recollection of early Russian friends, visitors, the death of Pope John Paul I and election of John Paul II, books, and operas. Says sex is fundamental but religion transfigures it.
Delights in the bustling neighborhood and relishes the sun gilding nearby buildings and trees. Jottings of the comings and goings, gifts received for her birthday, and memories of her conversion and past friendships.
Jottings about music, books, visitors, and liturgies.
Snippets about her thoughts upon rising--from Scripture, Peter Maurin, dreams--and visitors during the month.
Comments on numerous books, recollections of childhood, and mentions various friends and visitors.
A collection of jottings about visitors, gifts, books, the Holy Week liturgy and protests against nuclear submarines. Cesar Chavez visits.
Reminisces about Peter Maurin and summarizes his program and repeats his favorite slogans. Snippets about books she's reading, comings and goings, protests, and mail. Notes the Watergate scandal.
Jotings about many things--nuclear protest, phone calls from old friends, childhood memories, the weather. Includes a letter from a friend about facing fear.
A set of short entries from her diary, including descriptions of anti-nuclear demonstrations and the subsequent arrests of participants, the death of several friends, politics on Cuba, and a book on Catholic Worker conscientious objectors in World War II. Mentions many friends and books.
Explains Peter Maurin's ideal of "agronomic universities"--communal farms founded on a philosophy of work, especially manual labor. While an ideal, farm communities often suffered from too little skill and community conflicts. Lauds the new Peter Maurin farm on Staten Island and envisions deepening one's spiritual life in work on the land.
A tender reminiscence of Stanley Vishnewski, the first to join her after she met Peter Maurin. Recalls how he saved her life, his companionship, generosity, and those who delighted in him. "I miss Stanley."