The Catholic Worker Movement: Intellectual and Spiritual Origins

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Paulist Press, 2005 - Religion - 358 pages
This book is essential reading for understanding the legacy behind the Catholic Worker Movement. The founders of the movement, Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin met during the Great Depression in 1932. Their collaboration sparked something in the Church that has been both an inspiration and a reproach to American Catholicism. Dorothy Day is already a cultural icon. Once maligned, she is now being considered for sainthood. From a bohemian circle that included Eugene O'Neil to her controversial labor politics to the founding of the Catholic Worker Movement, she lived out a civil rights pacifism with a spirituality that took radical message of the Gospel to heart. Peter Maurin has been less celebrated but was equally important to the movement that embraced and uplifted the poor among us. Dorothy Day said he was, "a genius, a saint, an agitator, a writer, a lecturer, a poor man and a shabby tramp." Mark and Louise Zwick's thorough research into the Catholic Worker Movement reveals who influenced Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day and how the influence materialized into much more than good ideas. Dostoevsky, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, Francis of Assisi, Therese of Lisieux, Jacques and Raissa Maritain and many others contributed to fire in the minds of two people that sought to "blow the dynamite of the Church" in 20th-century America. This fascinating and detailed work will be meaningful to readers interested in American history, social justice, religion and public life. It will also appeal to Catholics wishing to live the Gospel with lives of action, contemplation, and prayer.

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Astounding. Believe me, you need to, every one of you, read this. I wouldn't say you have to do what I'm doing and turn it into a textbook on how to walk as a better person, but it's worth reading just to see how it is in the real world. Read full review


Blowing the Dynamite of the Church
Christ in the Poor The Works of Mercy
Monasticism Hospitality Prayer Work and Study
Dom Virgil Michel OSB the Liturgical Movement and the Catholic Worker
Nicholas Berdyaev Particular Prophet of the Movement
Emmanuel Mourner Personalism and the Catholic Worker Movement
Francis of Assist Saint of Voluntary Poverty and Nonviolence
The Common Good vs Individualism
St Catherine of Siena a Woman Who Influenced Her Times
Dostoevsky and Other Russian Writers
The Famous Retreat
Dorothy Day Spiritual Leader of American Catholic Pacifism
St Therese Dorothy Day and the Little Way
The Legacy of the Catholic Worker in a Troubled World
Aims and Purposes of the Catholic Worker Movement
Peter Maurins List of Great Books

Economics Worthy of the Human Person
Pure Means from a Converted Heart Jacques and Raissa Maritain
St Teresa of Avila

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Louise Zwick is a founder of the Houston Catholic Worker, called Casa Juan Diego. Mark Zwick is a founder of the Houston Catholic Worker, called Casa Juan Diego.

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