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We continue our Christian pacifist stand, by Dorothy Day, article published in January 1942, one month after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Prayer of John Paul II, at the Vatican memorial service, October 11, 2001, for the victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th.

Orthodox Fasting Practice, Orthodox Christians keep an Advent fast, and this year, Ramadan - the Muslim fasting month - overlaps with Advent. Some Christians are keeping an Advent feast in order to be in solidarity with those at risk of starvation in Afghanistan, and as an ascetical discipline in support of peace work. Muslims fast - eating and drinking nothing - from sunrise to sunset. The Orthodox fast is described as a "Little Lent" and is from November 15 - December 24. During this period, they abstain from meat, olive oil, alcohol, about 1-1/2 normal meals/fast day. This page has some basic information about Orthodox fasting practice, and also some recipes suitable for the season.

Orthodox prayer for enemies, "We further beseech Thee, O Lord, to grant to our enemies true peace and forgiveness of sins; and do not allow them to leave this life without true faith and sincere conversion. And help us repay evil with goodness, and to remain safe from the temptations of the devil and from all the perils which threaten us, in the form of visible and invisible enemies. Amen. Office of prayer and supplication for the victims of abortion. See also Orthodox daily prayers for peace, from the Orthodox Peace Fellowship.

Living the Rich Life, by Fr. C.J.McCloskey, a priest of the prelature of Opus Dei. Offers practical advice for wealthy Christians who seek to live a life of justice. One of the best articles I have seen on the subject.

Mother Maria Skobtsova the Orthodox Mother Teresa, who was executed by the Nazis on Good Friday, 1945, for rescuing Jews and others in danger of persecution in occupied Paris, a short bio by Jim Forrest. See also her essay, Types of Religious Lives.

Clear Creek Hermitage, web page of Sister Claire Marie of Christ, an anchoress.

Commentary on the Works of Justice and Peace , a redaction of homilies of Oscar Romero.

El Salvador Jesuit Martyrs , commemoration of the 10th anniversary. Pilgrim Journal , recorded by four members of the Creighton University community who went to El Salvador on pilgrimage.

Catherine de Hueck Dougherty , foundress of the Madonna House Lay Apostolate, Russian refugee, friend of Dorothy Day. Madonna House apostolate emphasizes solidarity and hospitality with the poor, and voluntary poverty. Has online chapters from her book Sobornost.

Christian Ascetism: breaking consumerism's deadly hold , from the Houston Catholic Worker, Fr. Timothy Vaverek discusses how our disordered priorities inflict pain and suffering on individuals, families, and communities, and how the Gospel offers a way out.

Easy Essays by Peter Maurin, 34 new essays at CatholicWorker.org. "The future will be different if we make the present different."

Saints of Charity , from Catholic Charities USA, brief reviews of the lives of saints with major importance for justice and peace spirituality.

Is there a change in paradigm in liberation theology? , from the SEDOS site, by Fr. Jose Maria Vigil,

Meditation on the deaths of the Rosenbergs , a tender and moving meditation on the execution of the "Timothy McVeigh's" of an earlier generation, the Rosenbergs, convicted of espionage on behalf of the Soviet Union. Calls us to pray for mercy and to have no part in the vindictive state.

Who is guilty of 'murders' in Chicago? , by Dorothy Day, July 1937, discusses the murder of ten people by the police at a demonstration during a strike in Chicago. Says the events were filmed, but Paramount supressed the footage out of concern that it would cause riots and hysteria if shown publicly.

Day after Day, May 1941 , Dorothy's regular column in the Catholic Worker, discusses the value of manual labor and the opening of new Catholic Worker houses. Argues that it is right that the Catholic Worker campaign against the underlying social injustices which cause hunger, poverty, homelessness, and war.

Day after Day, May 1942 , Dorothy's visit to Oklahoma City, and the new Catholic Worker house there - St. Patrick's Guest House, has a meeting with the M.R. Francis Kelley, Bishop of Oklahoma City. A priest in Geary, Oklahoma, is growing potatoes, cabbages, and other vegetables for the St. Patrick House kitchen.

Via Lucis , the Way of Light, a devotion with 14 stations for the Easter season.

Reflections during Advent, by Dorothy Day, written in 1966.

Memories of Dorothy Day, November 29, 2000 was the 20th anniversary of Dorothy Day's "birth into glory and history". This page at CatholicWorker.org collects some on-line memories of her life and ministry. In particular, see An Introduction to the Life and Spirituality of Dorothy Day.

Dorothy Day, Servant of God, canonization page at CatholicWorker.org offers access to the process of her recognition by the Church as a saint.

On Pilgrimage, January 1965, Dorothy's column from the Catholic Worker. Discusses many topics, including the practicalities of being cold in the winter, and has an extensive and beautiful quote from Ghandi regarding his own personal process of embracing poverty.

Dorothy Day and the Light of the East, Eastern Christianity, Fathers of the Desert, Dostoevsky, by Mark and Louise Zwick, Houston Catholic Worker.

A Resource Book for Morning and Evening Prayer, from he Vincentians.

BlessedPier Giorgio Frassatti, from Catholic Action in Italy, access to another Vincentian saint.

Pastoral Letter on Justice, from the Archbishop of Southwark in England.

A week of novenas for justice and peace, from the Oklahoma City Catholic Workers, 63 days of summer intercessory prayer.

Sisters of Mercy, NY regional community, teaching non-violent conflict resolution skills, service, and solidarity with the poor through apostolates and community life.

Notes from the Hermitage, web site of a hermit and his dog.

The reluctant conversion of Oscar Romero, from Sojourners Magazine, memories on the 20th anniversary of his martyrdom.

Blessed Alberto Hurtado, a Holy Helper of the Poor from Chile.

Jubilee Holy Year, page of the US Catholic Bishops. Access to lots of resources.

Catholic Social Justice Educators Network, from the Social Justice ministry of the archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

The Person of Mary: Social Dimension, charts from the University of Dayton showing quotes from Magisterial documents since Vatican II regarding Mary and social justice.

The Community of St. Egidio, organized in Rome in 1968, it now has 30,000 members promoting evangelism, justice, charity, and solidarity in the poor. Site is available in five languages, including English.

Christian peacemaking in the 21st century, from the diaconate page of St. Joseph's Parish, Bristol, Connecticut.

On the Social Apostolate, from the Superior General of the Jesuit Order, to the Jesuits throughout the world.

Monsignor Romero: Inspiration for Human Rights, by the widow of the assassinated director of the El Salvador Human Rights Commission.

Archbishop Romero lives in the song and dance of youth, an interview with the Romero Cantata Ensemble. They wrote and presented throughout El Salvador a cantata on the life of Romero and the martyrs of El Salvador.

Justice and peace meditations on the Roman lectionary readings for the season of Easter.

Dorothy Day's Sainthood Cause Begins, by John Cardinal O'Connor, Archbishop of New York City.

To Christ -- to the Land, by Dorothy Day, NY Catholic Worker, January 1936.

Mother Drexel to be canonized, Katherine Drexel was heir to an enormous banking fortune, and devoted it to service to the impoverished and marginalized, founding a religious order.

The Focolare Movement, founded by Chiara Lubich, integrating spirituality, justice, and daily life.

Homily of Fr. Gustavo Gutierrez, on the 15th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador.

Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity, a Texas headquartered religious order, has a ministry where priests and brothers travel with migrant laborers during their annual journeys.

Liturgy of the Hours, new site with easy access to the daily readings and prayers for the Liturgy of the Hours.

Faith and Practice, personal link page with prayers, readings, and artwork from a visitor to these pages, Christopher Blosser. See also his politics page, which has a nice Chesterton quote and graphic and interesting links.

Peter Maurin 1877 - 1977, article by Dorothy Day recounting her experience with Peter Maurin and describing his charism.

Distributism versus Capitalism, October 1954 article by Dorothy Day calling for worker ownership and quoting the Vatican newspaper's condemnation of capitalism. Discusses Pius XII's 1952 Christmas message.

A One Person Revolution in America, a tribute to Ammon Hennacy, who has been described as the original "pacifist, anarchist, christian, vegetarian, draft refuser in two world wars, tax resister, one-man revolution in America." Born in 1893, he was imprisoned many times for his work for justice, joined the Catholic Worker movement, and died in Utah in 1970.

From 1966, weekly Advent reflections by Dorothy Day: Week 1: Searching for Christ ... Week 2: The meaning of Poverty ... Week 3: Chastity ... Week 4: Obedience

Meditation on voluntary poverty and manual labor, On Pilgrimage column by Dorothy Day in a December issue of the Catholic Worker. Recommends decentralized living. Reflects on silence during Advent, a time to "see only what is loveable."

Farming Notes, observations on Catholic social teaching and history, distibutism, the Catholic Worker, by Joe Kelly, editor of the Universe.net, one of the leading Catholic websites in the United Kingdom.

Justice and peace meditations on the daily lectionary readings, by your Justpeace webservant, A Millennial Prayer,

Justice Jubilee Calendar, available from the Vincentian Center for Church and Society. Notes days important to Vincentians, and to the history of the social justice teachings of the Church.

Tools for prophets in the information age, web page of a workshop to be presented in January 2000 at the Vincentian Center for Church and Society at St. Johns U. in New York. Check their resources page for excellent Catholic links.

Catholic missionaries killed in 1998

The Worldwide Vincentian Family, access to all branches of the charism of St. Vincent de Paul.

The Sillon and the YCW, Peter Maurin came out of "Le Sillon" movement in France.

Distributism: Alternative to the brutal global market by Mark and Louise Zwick, of the Houston Catholic Worker.

In memoriam: Michael Kirwan, a tribute page to this Catholic Worker who died November 12th.

Great Jubilee of the Year 2000, official Vatican site. Open Wide the Doors to Christ, Jubilee page from the US Catholic Bishops. Prayer of the Holy Father for the Jubilee Year

Resources for Catholic Educators, mega site with piles of resources and links.

Farming Communes, article by Dorothy Day from the February 1944 Catholic Worker,

Defines personalism as the realization that one "cannot find satisfaction in this life unless he reckons that there is only God and himself." Discusses the difficulties of farming communes and the need to establish the communal aspects of Christianity. Dorothy Day writes, asking a question of Peter Maurin: " 'Do you ever become discouraged when you see our failures?' I asked Peter. 'No, because I know how deep-rooted the evil is. I am a radical and know that we must get down to the roots of the evil.' And the gentle smile he turned on me was as though he said, 'Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight steps and follow peace with all men.' "

The Story of the Lettuce Workers, article by Dorothy Day from the May 1940 Catholic Worker about a speaking/organizing tour of the west coast. Tells of many meetings and talks around San Francisco. Recalls the union busting and violence against lettuce workers near Salinas. Laments the lack of leaders to bring Catholic social teaching to the workers. Wants "fellow travelers with the poor and dispossessed," who will spread the Gospel, recognizing that the poor are "creatures of body and soul."

On Pilgrimage, Dorothy Day's column from the February 1974 Catholic Worker. 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.

Letter on Hospices, by Dorothy Day from the January 1948 Catholic Worker. Describes how Catholic Worker houses are run and the struggles with living the ideal of Christian love. Reflects on reconciling freedom and order. Maintains the primacy of the spiritual. Gives her positions on cooperation, house leadership, handling money, and the relation of the Catholic Worker to the hierarchy. Concludes by emphasizing the little way and voluntary poverty. YES, you too could start a Catholic Worker House. We did.

Ecumenical Rosary, a new devotion that uses Rosary beads, the miracles of Christ, and prayers that both Protestants and Catholics can be comfortable praying.

Comfortable Christianity, don't know the author, but Ezekial might be one of his patron saints.

Inner Explorations, the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, contemplative prayer, Roman Catholicism, eastern meditation, Jungian psychology, simple living, an interesting place, just discovered, ecumenical in its scope.

Open Wide the Doors to Christ, NCCB/USCC Jubilee page

Our Stand, in June 1940, Dorothy Day explains the Catholic Worker position on pacifism.

Prayer of the Holy Father for the Jubilee Year

Justpeace Scripture Page, redactions of Holy Scripture regarding justice and peace, for lectio divina.

Children of the Rosary, in solidarity with unborn children, prayer and presence at abortuaries.

Message of Pope John Paul II for Mission Sunday, given on Pentecost 1999, structured as an examination of the Lord's Prayer.

World wide Rosary Campaign, to encourage praying the Rosary for peace on the 13th day of each month.

Proclaiming the Biblical Jubilee, text of a speech by Dr. Maria Harris to the US Bishops subcommittee on the Jubilee, outlining the Biblical themes appropriate to the Jubilee Year.

Matthew 25 service and prayer, Roman Catholic. http://home.earthlink.net/~lm555/matthew25.html

The Market as God, from the Atlantic Monthly, a curious look at free market economics as a religion. http://www3.theatlantic.com/issues/99mar/marketgod.htm

Catholic Social Justice, a colorful website which includes Catholic Worker access.

The Neighborhood Council at Work, by Dorothy Day, from the Catholic Worker of Sept. 1933. Discusses the rescue of a woman being evicted by her landlord.

What do the simple folk do? By Dorothy Day, from the Catholic Worker, May 1978. 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?"

In Defense of the Absolute, from the Catholic Radical, newsletter of the SS. Francis and Therese Catholic Worker, Worcester, Massachusetts, December 98/January 99.

Letter to Artists and Musicians, from Pope John Paul II.

Liturgy and Sociology, discusses the importance of liturgy to social justice, by Dorothy Day, from the Catholic Worker of January 1936.

March 24, 1999

Irish Saints, a beautiful page of information about the major Irish saints.

Holy Week 1999 Home Page at Justpeace

Justpeace Lenten Pages

Daily Scripture Readings, from the website of the United States Catholic Bishops.

January 6, 1999

Prayers and Litanies to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, from the National Shrine.

December 25, 1998

The God in the Cave, by G.K. Chesterton

Sermon on the Nativity, by St. Augustine

Advent and Christmas Reflections, many links from Catholic Information Network

Advent 1998 and a wreath of blessed candles from Justpeace.

December 16, 1998

Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the Americas, her feast day is December 12th.

Advent pages from St. Mary of the Visitation Parish, by whose courtesy I have the Advent Wreath candle graphics.

November 11, 1998

Daily Scripture Readings, from the website of the United States Catholic Bishops.

Holy Women of Byzantium on line translation, a collection of women saints lives.

November 4, 1998

Universalis, on-line access to the complete texts and prayers for the Liturgy of the Hours (Morning, Evening, and Night Prayer, Office of Readings). The sites does all the calculations for you and presents you with the psalms and readings appropriate for the day and hour, as found in the Roman Breviary

Sharing the Gospel with the Poorest: Beatitudes must change our lives, a retreat given by Mark and Louise Zwick (Houston Catholic Worker House) to the Faith and Sharing group of the L'Arche community in Cleveland, Ohio.

Divine Mercy Region, Secular Franciscan Order, Michigan and Ohio, has page for keeping track of the Liturgy of the Hours.

November 1, 1998

St. Patrick's Saint Index massive compendium of saints, searchable by date.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Protectress of the Unborn, one of the most beautiful websites I have found, this site is highly recommended by this webservant.

St. Peter Claver, patron of African Americans, died in 1654, worked to alleviate the plight of African slaves in South America.

St. Francis of Assisi 1181-1226. Solet Annuere November 29, 1226, bull of Honorious III approving the Rule of St. Francis. Mira Unica Nos July 16, 1228, bull of Gregory IX canonizing St. Francis of Assisi.

-- St. Francis Feature from American Catholic Online -- www.americancatholic.org ---> St. Francis of Assisi

Blessed Frederic Ozanam, an Exemplary Life primary founder of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, which today includes 875,000 members in 47,000 conferences in 131 countries of five continents. His biography (1813-1853)

They Witnessed to Life in a Culture of Death homily of Pope John Paul II at the beatification of Bernhard Lichtenberg and Karl Leisner on June 23, 1996 in Berlin's Olympic Stadium. Bernhard Lichtenberg (site in German) Karl Leisner (site in German)

The Life of the Venerable Servant of God Matthew Talbot, Irish saint, patron of those who suffer from addictions.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 1774-1821, foundress of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph

St. John of God, 16th century founder of the Brothers Hospitaller, patron of booksellers and printers, homeless runaway at age 8, later a hard-drinking soldier, imprisoned for a time as a lunatic, he began nursing other patients, after his release, he organized his first hospital on the streets of Granada.

Venerable Pierre Toussaint, born a slave in Haiti, later a free person living in New York, contemporary with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

St. Moses the Ethiopian (also known as St. Moses the Moor), a leader of a gang of thieves who converted to Christianity, his writings are included in the Desert Fathers.

St. Gaspar, Founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood early in his life, he showed concern for the poor, at age 18, he organized the catechesis of orphans and children of the poor, and a night shelter for the homeless, resisted Napoleonic tyranny in the Papal States, was sent by the Pope to an area of great lawlessness and banditry, Sonino, in a last ditch effort to "save " the town before destruction by government authorities for its crimes. Gaspar organized "mission houses" in the roughest parts of the area, established churches and provided evangelism and catechesis in what we would today call the "bad parts of town". In two years, the bandit problem was under control. Introduction to the Gasparian Charism . . . Precious Blood Spirituality....The Precious Blood Community.....Another introduction to the Saint

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha 1656-1680, "Lily of the Mohawk

St. Maximilian Kolbe, gave his life in Auschwitz to save a fellow prisoner. Militia Immaculata, evangelical organization he founded. A Novena Prayer

St. Rose Phillipine Duchesne, 19th century member of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Founded schools for Native Americans.

St. Martin de Porres, 16th century saint born at Lima, Peru, joined the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), served the poor, cared for animals. 1579-1639

St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac Apostolates founded by St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac involve four major congregations and well over a million people today. The collaboration of these two great saints resulted in great gifts of innovations in ministry that continue to bless the world today. About St. Vincent de Paul following Christ, the evangelizer of the poor. St. Vincent de Paul -- Important Dates....Important Dates of St. Louise de Marillac co-founder of the Company of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul (1591-1660).

Dorothy Day Library on the Web archive of her transcribed writings. Dorothy Day homily of Cardinal O'Connor on November 9, 1997, on the Idea of Sainthood and Dorothy Day (St. Patrick's Cathedral).Centenary of Dorothy Day six articles collected by the Catholic Worker Roundtable.

Henriette Delille is the first US native-born African American whose cause for canonization has been officially opened by the Catholic Church. She was the founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta access to the Missionaries of Charity website. Mother Teresa links. Mother Teresa: A Profile in Contradiction article from the Denver Catholic Register. Mother Teresa's works online

Blessed Katharine Drexel, born into a prominent Philadelphia family, she devoted her fortune to serving African Americans and Native Americans. Founded Xavier University in New Orleans.

St. Benedicta de la Cruz, another victim of Nazi tyranny, the first woman to teach philosophy in Germany. Edith Stein: Our
Newest Saint



St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, 19th century immigrant to the US who founded schools and orphanages, founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to care for poor children.

St. Charles Lwanga and the Ugandan Martyrs, 19th century martyrs, who suffered greatly from the tyranny of unjust government in Africa.

Archbishop Oscar Romero, a tribute page to this Central American martyr. Wisdom of Romero some quotes from his writings, arranged devotionally. Oscar Romero, a tribute from a secular site, "Waging Peace".

St. Franz Jagerstatter heroic story of an Austrian farmer executed by the Nazis for his principled refusal to serve in the German military during WW II. Against the Stream, story of his resistence to German National Socialism.

St. Mary MacKillop, Australian saint who perservered through many challenges, including hierarchal opposition.

October 7, 1998

+ Roots of the Catholic Worker Movement saints and philosophers who influenced Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin page at the site of Casa Juan Diego Catholic Worker House in Houston, Texas.

+ Sharing Catholic Social Teaching, Challenges and Reflections from the US Catholic Bishops.

May 27, 1998

St. Mary MacKillop,

April 5, 1998

A justice and peace meditation for Palm Sunday

Monday of Holy Week. The poor will always be with you. Meditation for Monday, April 6

Tuesday of Holy Week. One of you will betray ME. Jesus is Betrayed, Tuesday April 7.

Wednesday of Holy Week. They paid him thirty pieces of silver. Shall we betray Jesus today? Wednesday, April 8

When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles. He said to them, I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. . .Holy Thursday Meditation

Gethsemene, Judas, Pilate a literary harmony of the Gospels

When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him and the criminals there, one on his right, the other on his left.

The Seven Last Words a literary harmony of the Gospels.

Good Friday, a Justice and Peace meditation

But at daybreak on the first day of the week they took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. EASTER. Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised!

March 1998

It's Not Too Late, Lenten meditations on justice and peace.

February 19, 1998

Angelus in Time of War

Novena to Our Lady of Sorrows

Lenten Meditations on Justice and Peace, daily, beginning Ash Wednesday.

Catholic Worker resources about the crisis in Iraq

Appeal of the Chaldean Patriarch of Iraq to the American People

US Cardinals Declare: Iraqi Escalation is not a Just War (and the embargo isn't much better).

Statement by Congressman Ron Paul upon introducing HR 3208, a resolution to stop President Clinton from initiating hostilities in the Persian Gulf.

Fools With Tools: American Power and Iraq Most Rev. Charles Chaput, O.F.M.Cap., Archbishop of Denver, critiques the conventional wisdom.

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