Website of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker Community of Oklahoma City.
Grace and peace to all who visit here!

WARNING: The study, practice, and spirituality of Catholic social justice teachings may be hazardous to your hard-heartedness, complacency, skepticism, indifference, and hubris. Proceed at your own risk! | Those who shut their ears to the cry of the poor will themselves also call and not be heard. Proverbs 21:13 | You are the God of the lowly, the helper of the oppressed, the supporter of the weak, the protector of the forsaken, the savior of those without hope. Judith 9:11 | The one who says he has done enough has already perished. St. Augustine

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Holy Week Home Page -- readings, reflections, art, music, and prayers

WE NEED HELP delivering food to the urban poor in Oklahoma City who don't have transportation. We need help bagging the groceries and we need help doing the deliveries!

Upcoming food delivery dates:  March 21 and 28, April 18 & 25, May 16 & 23 (always the 3rd & 4th Saturdays except for November and December). We meet at 9 AM, at the Dorothy Day Center, 4909 N State, OKC. Details and 2015 schedule! 

An Appeal to Pope Francis:  The Way of Violence is Death!

We need regular  financial donations to pay for the food and our delivery expenses.  Please make a donation today! Send a check payable to Romero Catholic Worker to 1524 NW 21, OKC 73106, or send a donation via Paypal.

Okie MISERY Index.  Documenting the consequences of the cruel and merciless social darwinist culture of death ideology that rules this state

Outline of Catholic Social Justice Teachings -- sources, foundation, principles, documents, and actions

Basic Booklet on Catholic Social Teachings
Catholic Social Teachings booklet format suitable for printing and copying
The Outline and Booklet are in the public domain and may be freely copied and distributed and we encourage you to do so.

March 2015 Sower From the Strangers and Guests Catholic Worker in Malloy Iowa!

Venite Adoremus (music for the season)  10 piano improvisations on the music of Advent, Nativity, and Epiphany, recorded live on the Yamaha conservatory grand piano at the Catholic Church of the Epiphany in OKC, performed by Bob Waldrop. Proceeds benefit the work of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House.

The Ember Days, quarterly celebrations of prayer and fasting to help us learn moderation in your use of the goods of the Earth, repent of sins against Creation, help the poor, work for justice.

December Sower, from Strangers and Guest Catholic Worker, Maloy, Iowa

New Catholic Worker Newsletter: Duluth Minnesota Hildegard House.

Novena to Dorothy Day for the healing of a person addicted to Tobacco. 
Just in time for the Great American Smoke-out November 19, 2014, and the Great Catholic Smoke Out, February 18, 2015 (Ash Wednesday).

Appeal for prayer, devotion, and action for the canonization of the Servant of God Dorothy Day   PDF of a flyer suitable for reproduction & distribution.  Copy the two pages back to front, fold in half, to make a flyer.

Novena of Novenas for Justice, Peace, and the Care of Creation
81 days of intercessory prayer, reflection, and orthopraxis ("right action"), commencing June 28, 2014 (the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary) and ending September 15, 2014 (the Memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows).

Prayer to Dorothy Day for the people of Ukraine. April 20, 2014 (PDF suitable for printing 4 prayer cards).

August 2014:  Summer Sower from Strangers and Guests Catholic Worker, Maloy, Iowa

A Message to the Working People of Oklahoma from their Republican representatives in the U.S. Congress. Bonus! A message from God to the Oklahoma Congressional Delegation! HTML Version -- suitable for posting to Facebook and in the comment sections of online articles.    Poster version: 11" x 17"

A message to the Working People of Oklahoma from Governor Fallin and the Republican Caucus of the Oklahoma Legislature. Bonus! A message from God to Oklahoma State Government. HTML version -- suitable for posting to Facebook and in the comment sections of online articles.  

September 4, 2013 -- Syrian Appeal, a letter to the Archbishop of Oklahoma City calling upon him to forbid participation in the unjust Syrian Escalation.

August 6, 2013 -- Original Child Bomb, an essay by Thomas Merton

Against the Ecocide in Canada and the Keystone Pipeline Project: Ten tragedies, a call to action, and an appeal to people of faith. The Solemnity of the Ascension, 2013

Novena to St. Kateri Tekawitha against the construction of the Keystone pipeline.
Please pray this novena starting May 5, 2013, and ending May 13th,
for the intentions of the Great Plains Tar Sands Resistance organization.

iPermie!  A new book by Bob.  1,025 letter sized pages, 14 sections, 248 chapters, 399,000 words. Read more at

Vade Mecum 2013: A Journey through Lent.
music, art, and inspiration for each day of Lent.

2012 Catholic Worker Advent Calendar

+ Prayer for the 115th birthday of the
Venerable Servant of God

Dorothy Day of New York.
November 8, 2012

In the Name of the Father,
and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

O God, Who by the life of Dorothy Day of New York
has given us examples of
Charity in the face of war,
Culture that overcomes greed,
Love in response to injustice, and
Compassion when confronted by poverty;
grant that we who reverence her life
may also imitate her example of fidelity to
wisdom, truth, justice, beauty, and solidarity,
through Jesus Christ Our Lord, Amen.

+ Prayer to Saint Kateri Tekawitha
Ė for all people, for Godís natural Creation, and for the future

Novena to St. Marcellus October 21 through October 30.  St. Marcellus is invoked on behalf of all who resist war and injustice.

concerning Catholic social teachings and the 2012 election

concerning Catholic social teachings and the 2012 election

Our 2012 Fundraising Appeal 

Works of Justice & Peace

Our Response to War 1998 - to date.

Who we are

How to Start a CWer House

Evangelical Poverty & the Healing of Nations

A Little Way of Justice & Peace

A Civilization of life and love

Keeping in Touch


Catholic Justice & Peace Announcements
an announcement only (no discussion) listserv with social justice/Catholic Worker news.  Catholic Worker discussion Peak Oil discussion (7500+ members, conversation began 2001)


Rants on politics and economics.

On Pilgrimage in OKC 2008 - 2010
On Pilgrimage in OKC  2003-2008
Front Page archive -- the predecessor of my blog, Lent 1998 - Easter 2001

Oklahoma City Catholic Worker Newsletter

January 2012 
January February
May | August 
September  October  November December Christmas 2009
January February
  March  April 
May June  Jul August
| September Oct | Nov  | December

Strangers and Guests CWer Maloy, Iowa

March 2015 Sower

December 2014 Sower

Summer 2014 Sower
Spring 2014 Sower

Christmas/Winter Sower 2013-2014
Fall Sower 2013
Summer 2013
Winter Spring 2013 Sower

Fall Sower 2012
Sower Summer 2012

Sower Spring 2012

Sower Winter 2011-2012

The Sower, Fall 2010 | The Sower, Summer 2010 | The Sower Winter-Spring 2010 | The Sower, Winter 2010-11  | The Sower, Spring 2011 | Sower Summer 2011

Des Moines Catholic Worker Community 

Via Pacis

OKC Catholic Worker Newspaper

Lent 2007  Summer 2006   Fall 2005  Lent 2005   Fall 2002  Spring 2000 & Fall 2001

Justpeace Front Page -- 1998 - 2002

Catholic Social Teachings

Papal & Episcopal Documents on justice and peace 

Orthodoxy -- correct belief

Orthopraxis -- correct practice

A brief catechism on Virtue
A look at the theological, cardinal, and civic virtues.

Demons of injustice

Scripture redactions of Scripture for reflection and lectio divina

Spirituality relating to social justice, prayer, and music.

Saints of justice and peace
on lectionary readings

What God says about the poor

Meditations on Justice and Peace for Holy Week

2012 YEAR OF SOCIAL JUSTICE!  Access to Lenten Reflections on the Sunday and Daily lectionary readings, for preaching, contemplation, and action.
Care of Creation

Energy Conservation


Worker Cooperatives

Getting the Right Eats

Compendium of Useful Information -- From the Peter Maurin Agronomic University Extension Department,
access to 2 gigabytes of information to help us survive the collapse of the American Empire

Bobaganda!  - Bob Waldrop rants "with hair on fire" about politics, economics, food, permaculture, sustainability, peak oil, climate instability, cooperatives, local foods, and etc.

Permaculture and Distributism, John Medaille and Bob Waldrop presentation, April 12, 2012 Ft. Worth, Texas, click link for details.


Occupy Archdiocese OKC

In Memoriam -- Remembering the military and civilian victims of the unjust wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

The War on Immigrants: Statement by the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House on proposed new harsh immigration laws,  AND a discussion of the theological
basis for our statement.

Blessed Are the Poor + A Holy Day Blessing to the Poor, to all who accompany them in their journeys, and to those who stand firm against the powers of hell and the culture of death, 

Woe to the Rich + A Holy Day
Warning to all Politicians, the
Selfish Rich, and the Politically Well-Connected,  the text of a card we have sent  to many notorious oppressors of the poor in Oklahoma.
Woe to the Rich (Immigration version).


Jesus Prayer Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Print the music

Prayer, Meditation, Contemplation

Novena to St. John Chrysostom on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of the United States

Novena of Novenas, 9 consecutive novenas for justice, peace, & care of Creation, from the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (June 20),
to the Nativity of Mary (Sept 8).

Angelus in Time of War

Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows
for those who will die today because of war and economic catastrophe.

Prayers to Saints for justice and peace

Prayers of Justice & Peace for Various Occasions

Dorothy Day & Peter Maurin Chaplet

Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows regarding the human and ecological crisis in the Gulf of Mexico after the BP spill.

The importance of observing the Ember Days

March 24 -- the Remembrance of the Martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, Martyr and Confessor of the Faith --  a Litany of Remembrance and Salvation.

Venite Adoremus, 10 improvisational meditations on the music of Advent, Nativity, and Epiphany, recorded live by Bob Waldrop on the Yamaha Conservatory grand piano at the Church of the Epiphany of the Lord in Oklahoma City. Funds from the sale of the CD benefit the  ministries of the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House.

Access to the growing Occupy! affinity group movement! Learn why you should pray the ROSARY for the justice and peace
intention of the Occupy! movement. Find out more about the importance of "occupying" your neighborhood or organization. We are the 99%!

A Better Way to Go to Work
What is a worker-owned cooperative? How can it benefit you? The Oklahoma Worker Cooperative Network is growing an
economyof solidarity, one worker owned job at a time. Contact us for a presentation on worker cooperatives.

Our Response to Unjust War Calling the Church to the consistent defense of life, from the
moment of conception to the time of natural death.

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To receive occasional announcements regarding social justice issues and the Catholic Worker movement, subscribe to Catholic Justice and Peace Announcements , chronicling journeys of justice and peace through these days of turmoil for the American Empire.

See also. . . the Oklahoma Alliance for Liturgy and the Arts.  Information about liturgical music and arts presentations in Oklahoma.

Our Associated Websites:
a/k/a the Peter Maurin Memorial Agronomic University Online Extension Departments

Better Times Access to Simple and Frugal Living Resources + Access to Energy Conservation Resources + Oklahoma Food Cooperative +

Please help us continue our ministries of justice and peace through the coming year! Each year we deliver food to 3,000+ families who don't have transportation. Every year nearly a million people visit one of our websites and download an average of 3 pages. Your financial support makes this possible. Donations can made sent to 1524 NW 21, Oklahoma City, OK 73106; checks should be made payable to Romero Catholic Worker House. You can also donate via PayPal; to do this, go to and cick on "Send Money" and our PayPal payment address is . We also invite people to buy our Christmas music CD, Venite Adoremus, which is piano improvisions by Robert Waldrop on the music of Advent, Nativity, and Epiphany. Details of that CD, including music clips, are here. Thank you for your generous support; our benefactors are always in our prayers.

For much greater detail about our plans for adapting our "urban homestead" to meet the looming challenges of peak oil, climate instability, and economic irrationality, see Gatewood Urban Homestead, the permaculture design for our house.

From the Red Dirt Labor Alliance, the Oklahoma Labor Standard online edition

Dear Catholic Bishops, a letter from Osama bin Laden - a religious and political satire in 240 words. Postcard version, a PDF document suitable for printing and copying so you can mail it to your favorite bishop. Flyer version, 2 per sheet, a PDF document suitable for copying and distributing at meetings, demonstrations, etc. See also More Letters from Osama, June 26, 2007

Keeping warm in a winter weather emergency,

Virtual Rosary
Virtual Rosary

Morning Prayer for the Martyrdom of Romero -- March 24th is the anniversary of Romero's martyrdom.

US Bishops guilty of material cooperation with unjust war
- Catholic Worker commentary on the bishops' statements of Nov 2006 and Jan 2007.

Our Annual Advent Appeal
Response to November 13, 2006 US Bishops Statement on Iraq
Response to Stephen Colecchi, November 9, 2006
I received a response to my article Liturgy and War, from the head of the bishops' Office of Social Development and World Peace. This is my response to Mr. Colecchi's letter.

Reflections on the Lectionary Readings , by Bob Waldrop, in the context of the music I select for the Sunday Masses at Epiphany of the Lord Church in Oklahoma City, where I am director of music, September 30, 2007

Obituary of my father, Max Waldrop

2006 Catholic Worker Call to Peace
issued at the National Catholic Worker Gathering,
October 19-21, Panora, Iowa

Call to Ember Days prayer and fasting

Liturgy and War and the U.S. Catholic Bishops
July 11, 2006

Presanctified Liturgy for Victims of the War in Iraq
to be celebrated by Bishop John Michael Botean, March 19, 2007. Bishop Botean is the only US Catholic bishop to issue a formal canonical statement that the war on the people of Iraq was and is an unjust war. High quality poster version.

Pathways to Justice and Peace. . . a labyrinth of discovery. . .

N.B.: The Justpeace website is not well organized. There are actually hundreds of pages here and the site index is way out of date. I first published this website to the Internet in 1997, and it has grown since then, one page at a time, without any overall plan or organizing scheme. I know it would be nice to have an up to date site index, and it is on the list of things to do, but that is a Very Long List, and it has yet to make it anywhere close to the top 100. Generally, the links on this page from here on are chronological, with the most recent just below this "Nota Bene", and going further back towards 1997 from there down. The Site Index has links to the pages here as of 2001. Pages since then are generally linked on this page or on pages linked to this page.

The War on Immigrants: Statement by the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House on proposed new harsh immigration laws, in English and Spanish, AND a discussion of the theological basis for our statement. Woe to the Rich(Immigration version), full text of the religious tract that has four Oklahoma congressional candidates and the president of the NW OKC Republican Club in a tizzy. Spring 2006

Blessed Are the Poor + A Holy Day Blessing to the Poor, to all who accompany them in their journeys, and to those who stand firm against the powers of hell and the culture of death, from the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House - this is the text of a card we included with our grocery deliveries this Christmas and are sending to other Catholic Worker houses. Christmas 2005

Woe to the Rich + A Holy Day Warning to all Politicians, the Selfish Rich, and the Politically Well-Connected, from the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House - this is the text of a card we have sent this year to many notorious oppressors of the poor in Oklahoma, including the members of the State Legislature, the Governor, the State Board of Education, and the Directors and Officers of Oklahoma Natural Gas and Oklahoma Gas and Electric. Christmas 2005

Our 2005-2006 Annual Appeal

Getting the Right Eats: Bob Waldrop's Oklahoma Food Blog

2004 Forest Garden Blog , chronicling our gardening adventures on the corner of McKinley Street and NW 21st in Oklahoma City

Email Bob Waldrop:

Better Times Almanac of Useful Information, 5th edition, Internet Edition

The Better Times Almanac is useful for anyone who wishes to live more frugally, simply, and sustainably. We consider the proper care and stewardship of Creation to be part of the social justice ministry of the Church, and this publication can help people to do this. Pope John Paul II was a Catholic environmentalist, and we follow his teaching in encouraging simple and frugal living. The fifth edition was a 32 page tabloid newspaper size publication, which is now out of print, but it lives on at . Donation checks should be made payable to the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House. Donations of $15 or more will receive a copy of the CD, Venite Adoremus, improvisational piano meditations on Advent, Nativity, and Epiphany melodies, recorded live at Epiphany Church by Robert Waldrop.

Please keep praying against the Oklahoma City I-40 relocation project! + A prayer against the I 40 highway project in Oklahoma City

Lenten alms for the Poor and for the Environment February 26,2004
Open letter to the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce , Feb 21, 2004
2003 Advent Letter , December 4, 2003 +
Letter to Archbishop Martino regarding genetically modified organisms November 12,2003 |
Oklahoma Food Cooperative ,
More errors of Michael Novak , and others regarding the justice of war with Iraq, February 20, 2003 +
The errors of Michael Novak , an answer to his presentation of February 10th in Rome, February 17, 2003 +
Ember Days , a devotion reminding us of the importance of moderation in the use of material goods, September 10, 2002 +
What is the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House? September 3, 2002 +
Governor Frank Keating and the U.S. Catholic Bishops , August 31, 2002 +
All the Front Page links , archives all 1083 annotated links posted in the Justpeace Front Page social justice webzine, 1998 to 2002, June 13, 2002 +
Front Page Commentaries , archives the miscellaneous comments and introductory notes for the Front Page webzine, 1998 to 2002, June 13, 2002 +

Venite Adoremus , 10 improvisational piano meditations on the music of Christmas, recorded live by Robert Waldrop at Epiphany Church, proceeds benefit OKC Catholic Worker Ministries,Scroll to the bottom of the page to search the Justpeace websites!

Welcome Benedict XVI! John Paul the Great, Ora Pro Nobis!

A prayer at the burial of Pope John Paul II



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Traditions of Jesus

Easter Letter to Oklahoma City (1996)

Easter Letter to New York City 2001


A brief catechism on Virtue

Practical Distributism

Reflections on lectionary readings

Response to Fr. Neuhaus

Oklahoma Natural Gas Corp.

Easter Letter 1999

On East Timor

Sweatshop merchandise

Balkans War

Compassionate Conservatives

Top ten lies of television

116 Just Actions

Evangelical Poverty and the Healing of Nations , May 6, 2002

Seven Sermons of Oscar Romero Mar. 2002

Lenten Alms for the Poor , Feb.13,2002

Lenten alms for the environment , February 13, 2002

On buying a pig and ten chickens , a social justice essay for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, June 2, 2002

Open Letter to the US Bishops on the war in
, December 28, 2001

Open Letter to the Religious Communities of
Oklahoma City
, regarding the coming destruction
of the Walnut Grove and Riverside neighborhoods,
Pentecost 2002

Eleven concerns about the justice of the Afghan War , November 2001

+ A prayer against the I 40 highway project in Oklahoma City , in defense of 2 poor neighborhoods attacked by the rich and the powerful + May 13, 2002


Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam.

Robert Waldrop, Justpeace webservant, also moderates these listservs . Click the links for more info or to subscribe:

Catholic Justice and Peace Announcements +++ announcement only email listserv chronicling journeys of justice and peace through these days of turmoil for the American Empire. traffic is typically less than 5 posts/week, often less, depends on how busy I am, this is "Bob's Blog". . ..)

Catholic Justice and Peace Discussion +++ discussion of justice and peace issues in the Catholic context, all subscribers may post.

Runningonempty2 - not a Catholic or a religious discussion, but a long-running conversation on energy issues and peak oil, moderated by Bob Waldrop, established 2001, 7,000 members, 65,000 messages in the archives.

Catholic Worker , ongoing conversation about the Catholic Worker movement.

Oklahoma Food Cooperative , local food cooperative discussion

Magnificat anima mea Dominum!

God has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart, God has thrown down the rulers from their thrones, but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty. Mary, Queen of Justice, Pray for Us!

This site opened December 22, 1997, the Memorial of St. Anastasia of Sirmium. On that day, in Acteal, Chiapas, Mexico, 49 Mayan people praying in a church -- 21 women (4 were pregnant), 15 children, and 9 men -- were murdered by paramilitary forces who had been organized and trained by the Mexican Army, while the national police force nearby refused to intervene to protect the people. See The Acteal Massacre for more information.

Holy Martyrs of Acteal, pray for us.

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Three billion people live on less than $2.00 a day. One billion 300 million people live on less than $1.00 a day. The number of people living on less than $1/day increased by 30% during the past 10 years.

Among the poor of this world, infant mortality is rising, daily caloric intake is decreasing, deadly epidemics are raging, & life expectancies are declining, with several countries approaching negative population growth due to rapidly rising mortality rates. Such are the consequences of the Globalization of Greed and Economic Tyranny.

Statistics courtesy of the World Bank.

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