Defend the lowly and the fatherless, render justice to the afflicted and needy.
Rescue the lowly and poor, deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82, 3-4

+ The Oklahoma City Catholic Worker +

Volume V #1 + The world will be saved by Beauty +Summer 2006

Inside this issue!

The war on immigrants
Liturgy and War and the US Catholic Bishops
How to Be a Force for Peace
, by Benedict XVI
Evangelical Poverty and the Healing of Nations
A Little Way of Justice and Peace
Update on Dorothy Day Canonization
Fr. Stanley Rother, Martyr
The Catholic Church and Labor
The War Prayer, by Mark Twain, also Notes on the Anti-Imperialist Movement, 1899-1920
How to keep cool without air conditioning
The Errors of Michael Novak and the Catholic Neo-Conservatives About Iraq
Peter Maurin Memorial Agronomic University Extension Department
People-oriented versus Issue-oriented
Lent Message of Bishop Botean Regarding the Injustice of the War on Iraq
New Threat to NE Neighborhood
Social Justice in the Wesleyan Tradition
Prophets Then, Prophets Now

I asked a man in prison once how he happened to be there and he said he had stolen a pair of shoes. I told him if he had stolen a railroad he would be a United States Senator. Mother Jones

Do not exploit the foreigners who live in your land. They should be treated like everyone else, and you must love them as you love yourself. Remember that you were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. I, the LORD, am your God. Leviticus 19:33-34

Going down the Emmaus Road

Everyone loves to talk.

An Easy Essay by Rev. Lance Schmitz

We talk and we scheme and we plan, but do we ever really do anything?
The politicians talk.
The newscasters talk.
The preachers talk.
The religious people talk.
The nonreligious people talk.

Talking all the time becomes incessant chatter.
Chatter leads to confusion.
Confusion leads to inaction.
Inaction leads to despair.

We need to dialogue but we mustn't stop there.
We must spend our time doing the works of mercy.
Feeding the hungry.
Giving drink to the thirsty.
Clothing the naked.
Sheltering the homeless.
Comforting the imprisoned.
Visiting the sick.
Burying the dead.

Our experience of the mercy of God must be acted upon.
We must extend mercy to all peoples, especially the poor.
To forget the poor is to forget our Lord Jesus Christ.
To forget the poor is to forsake Christ's teachings.
"There have been enough words, enough sermons and books. What matters now is deeds" (Emmy Arnold.)

Lance is Minister of Social Justice at the First Nazarene Church of Oklahoma City.

At that time I will put you on trial. I will be a ready witness against all sorcerers and adulterers and liars. I will speak against those who cheat employees of their wages, who oppress widows and orphans, or who deprive the foreigners living among you of justice, for these people do not fear me," says the Lord. Malachi 3:5

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our shield against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.


+ Deliver Groceries

We always need volunteers to help do deliveries of food to the poor who don't have transportation to get to a food bank. Our big delivery in July 2006 will be Saturday morning, July 22, 2006. We start at 9 AM. Volunteers can come and help bag the groceries, and then we need people to do the deliveries. Groups are great. There is no need to check in with us before volunteering for Delivery Day, just show up. We meet at the Dorothy Day Center at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 4909 North State Street. State Street runs along the eastern boundary of the St. Charles parish property. Sometimes we don't have enough volunteers on Delivery Day, so we also need back-up volunteers who could make deliveries during the week following Delivery Day. And we could also use volunteers to do "Fast Response", which is take a delivery to someone who needs food right away. Contact Bob Waldrop, at 613-4688 or about becoming a Back-Up delivery volunteer, or a "Fast Response" delivery volunteer. He will put you on a list and as need arises, you will get a phone call and if you can help fine, and if you can't, he will call the next person on the list.

Our upcoming monthly delivery days are August 26, September 23, October 28, November 18.

+ Food Donations

We deliver several tons of food every month, and we are happy to receive donations of food to give to the poor. The most important foods that we need are listed below, ranked by their order of importance. The ranking is based on balancing the questions, "How difficult is this food for us to get", "How expensive is it", and "How important is it". We strongly urge you to think beyond the "a few cans of generic green beans" when you think about donating food to be given to the poor. Powdered milk hasn't been available at all for several months. Peanut butter is a very important, high protein, comfort food. Canned fruit is an important source of nutrients. Canned meat, soups, and chili are always in short supply. Cooking oil and sugar are useful for preparing other foods, and are expensive to buy. We encourage people to have food drives at their schools, parishes, or workplaces and collect food items on this list for us to deliver to the poor. Donated foods should be delivered to the Dorothy Day Center, call Bob Waldrop 613-4688 or Marcus Evans 740-0697 to arrange a delivery time and to make sure someone will be there to let you in. Food can also be delivered to 1524 NW 21, OKC.

1. Powdered milk | 2. Peanut butter | 3. Canned fruit | 4. Canned meats | 5. Spaghetti sauce | 6. Canned soup | 7. Cooking oil | 8. Sugar (2 lb bags) |

+ Financial Donations

We use financial donations for buying food to give to the poor, providing other occasional help with medical expenses, rent, utilities, gasoline, in situations we come across, to pay for the hosting fees for our web sites and the cost of our help line, to publish our newspaper and other various tracts and broadsheets. In accordance with Catholic Worker tradition, we do not offer federal tax deductions for donations to the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House. Checks can be made payable to Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House, and mailed to 1524 NW 21, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106. We can accept donations via PayPal, emailed to .

We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms -- to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way. Viktor Frankl

Daily Prayers in Time of War

Our Lady of Sorrows, we pray for those who die today because of war,
economic chaos, injustice, and exploitation, especially the children.
Prepare them for the agony, despair,

and terror of the violence that is upon them.
Comfort them and hold them close to the bosom
of thy Wounded Heart as they drink deeply of the
bitter cup which is forced upon them. Wipe their tears, calm their fears,
welcome them to peace and safety.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, help the helpless,
strengthen the fearful, comfort the sorrowful,
bring justice to the poor and peace to all nations.

O Christ God, Lord of Glory,
who gave us joy and blessing from your Mother's womb,
have mercy on us and save us.

Eternal rest grant to them O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon them.


But to you who hear, I say love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well, and from the person who takes your cloak, do not withhold even your tunic.

Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. For if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same.

But rather love your enemies and do good to them, and lend expecting nothing back; then your reward will be great and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as also your Father is merciful." Luke 6

You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.

You have heard that it was said, 'you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same? So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5

Catholic Peace Fellowship Organizes Oklahoma Chapter

The Catholic Peace Fellowship is a new Oklahoma organization dedicated to building a culture of peace by prayer, advocacy, education, and assistance to those opposed to war. The group has monthly meetings and has organized committees to work on education, youth issues, and support for veterans and conscientious objectors.

The group is affiliated with the national Catholic Peace Fellowship that was founded by Dorothy Day and others during the Vietnam War. It held a conference in April, attended by about 60 people.

Susan Lee and Bob Waldrop are co-coordinators. The group may be contacted at POB 23733, OKC 73123, . "Let us hold one another in prayer - the conscientious objectors, all soldiers and civilians who daily live the realities of war, all government and religious leaders, and the children of the world - for the courage and grace to follow the Way of the non-violent Jesus.

Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing. But a curse will come upon those who close their eyes to poverty. Proverbs 28:27

Cursed is anyone who is unjust to foreigners, orphans, and widows. Deuteronomy 27:19