Catholic Worker odds & ends
Below are the 10 most recent journal entries recorded in the "personalist" journal:
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WHEN IS MORE ENOUGH?|
"When we get more houses than we can live in, more cars than we can ride in, more food than we can eat ourselves, the only one way of getting richer is by cutting off those who don't have enough. If everybody has more than enough, what good is MY more than enough? What good is a wide meadow open to everyone? it isn't until others are fenced out that the open pasture has real value."---Nelson Algren in A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE.
What They Showed Her|
Dorothy Day said once, after she had returned to the New York Catholic Worker from a lecture tour visiting readers and CW workers in other parts of the country, when asked where she had been and what she had done, "All they ever take me to see is the slums."
The People by John Stanley (CW 1952-1955)|
Who chopped the cotton
and who drove the cattle?
Who stoked the furnaces
and who fell in battle?
Who drives the dump trucks
and who digs the ditches?
Who pounds the rivits and
who sews the stitches?
Who bears the children, and
who's the greatest dreamer?
Who fights the fascists and
who'll be the victor?
Karl Marx said:|
"You Christians have a vested interest in unjust structures which produce victims to whom you can pour out your hearts in charity."
The Church a Scandal?|
"I was just as much against capitalism and imperialism as ever, and here I was going over to the opposition, because, of course, the Church was lined up with property, with the wealthy, with the state, with capitalism, with all the forms of reaction. This is what I had been taught to think and this is what I still think to a great extent....I loved the Church for Christ made visible. Not for itself, because it was often a scandal to me. Romano Guardini said that the Church is the Cross on which Christ was crucified; one could not seperate Christ from His Cross, and one must live in a state of permanent dissatisfaction with the Church."-----Dorothy Day
The Third Avenue "El"-----Elevated Railway|
"Do ypu recall the Third Avenue El, that ran for part of its route over the Bowery? This was when the Bowery was really the Bowery, lined with hotel supplies stores, and saloons and liquor stores that specialized in sellling rot-gut booze to Bowery delrelicts; degradation piled onto depravity! Purple prose? I suppose. I spent a couple of years at The Catholic Worker, who had a soup kitchen at East Houston and Chrystie Streets. one block from east of the Bowery. The derelicts---Dorothy (Day) forbade the use of the term "bums'---would start lining up early for the cracked mug of coffee and hunk of bread we gave them, and at noon a bowl of soup. Christ, they were dirty/1 It seemed to be rubbed into their pores; their pants stiff with filth. All white, who wouldn't allow blacks in. Once there was an ugly fight when a black man tried to muscle his way into the line.
Once I was waiting to cross the Bowery at East Houston, there was this really extraordinary scene. Overhead rumbled a train on the Third Avenue El, dropping a huge blue-white spark down onto the street where an ossified derelict had collapsed into the gutter. Then, almost silently, a mouse-gray Rolls Royce advanced, its chauffer driving flawlessly, his passenger-boss relaxed against gray cushions, lighting what appeared to be a nine-inch cigar. I described the scene to Dorothy when I got back to Chrystie Street. She said it reminded her of an old MASSES cartoon."-----John Stanley
"And now, what forces are there in the world to resist Alberic, our dwarf, in his new character of sworn plutocrat? He is soon at work wielding the power of the gold. For his gain, hordes of his fellow- creatures are thenceforth condemned to slave miserably, overground and underground, lashed to their work by the invisible whip of starvation. They never see him anymore, than the victims of our "dangerous trades" ever see the shareholders whose power is nevertheless everywhere, driving them to destruction. The very wealth that they create with their labour becomes an additional force to impoverish them; for as fast as they make it it slips from their hands into the hands of their master, and makes him mightier than ever. You can see the process yourself in every civilized country today, where millions of people toil in want and disease to heap up more wealth for our Alberics, laying up nothing for themselves, except sometimes horrible and agonizing disease and the certainty of premature death. All this part of the story is frightfully real, frightfully present, frightfully modern; and its effects on our social life are so ghastly and ruinous that we no longer know enough of happiness to be discomposed by it. It is only the poet, with his vision of what life might be, to whom these things are unendurable. If we were a race of poets we would make an end of them before the end of this miserable century. Being a race of moral dwarfs instead, we think them highly respectable, comfortable and proper, and allow them to breed and multiply their evil in all directions. If there were no higher power in the world to work against Alberic, the end of it would be utter destruction."----George Bernard Shaw,THE PERFECT WAGNERITE,1923
The Central Kerygma of the Gospel|
Francis has called the Church back to the central "kerygma" of the Gospel: Jesus has come to proclaim and enact God's limitless mercy, and the measure of our receptiveness to this great grace is how we cae for the poor.----Michael Sean Winter's in the National Catholic Reporter, May 3, 2019
SHOPPING: the new religion|
"The new religion sweeping over the world is the religion of Shopping. At its zenith, Christianity gathered immense resources of wealth and human labor to build the magnigicent cathedrals of Europe as triumphant symbols of faith. New churches or cathedrals today are modest compared to the geat temples of shopping, the magnificent malls bult in the wealthest neighborhods of all our urban areas."----Karl Meyer in POSITIVELY DAZZLING REALISM
1961 story from a Washington, DC newspaper: CIA Pickets Shun Mercy, Sent to Jail|
"Seven persons who picketed against America's part in the Cuban Invasion went to jail yesterday despite a Municipal Court judge's offer to free them./ The picktets, members of the 'non-violent Committee for Cuban Indepentence' were brought before Judge Randolph C. Richardson on disorderly conduct charges./ Pvt. Robert L. Householder testified that they refused to budge from the grass in front of the Central Intelligence Agency building, 24th and E. Sts. NW, after they were told to move on./ David Dellinger, 35, of Glen Gardner, N.J., said the pickets had been fasting for three days and had to rest. He said they did not want to break up the group by moving on./ Judge Richardson said he would impose no sentence---despite the fact that they balked at taking the usual oath---if they would promise not to repeat their offense. / When the seven refused to make the promise, Judge Richardson sentenced each man to $10 or 10 days in jail and all chose jail. The six besides Dellinger are: Charles T. Jackson, 63, of Woodmere, N.Y.; Donald Junp, 25, of Cleveland; Bram Luckom of Brooklyn; Robert G.Steed, 28, of New York; Robert S.Swann, 43, of Norwich, Conn. and Richard Zink, 20, of Ambler, Pa. / Only Steed and Zink pleaded guilty. The others pleaded not guility. Another group of pickets paraded at the CIA building yesterday."
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