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Mott Street in the late '40s - Catholic Worker odds & ends
October 5th, 2010
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Mott Street in the late '40s
"I met Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin---though Peter was sick even then, and I couldn't talk to him---who started the movement for love of God and their brothers in Him. I met gentle Jack English, who took care of the kitchen and cooking and (I always thought) did a lot to hold hot tempers checked. I met Dave Mason, who is big and jolly and always made me think of Santa Claus, but who can think and write so clearly about the evils of a society which has grown away from God and our need to go back to Him. And Tom Sullivan, who has an Irish temper but know how to feel the tragedy of Mott Street in the people who live there and yet sees the beauty of another kind of poverty for the love of God. And Bpb Ludlow, who wrote of pacifism, and who, I was sure, only God could have made a pacifist, for he seemed more like one of those revolutionaries who sacrifice everything for the Ideal, at last even the Ideal itself, and leave their footprints in the sands of time in blood."----Helen Caldwell Day, in COLOR EBONY, Sheed & Ward, New York, 1951.

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