By Nancy L. Roberts
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A gifted and tireless writer, over the course of her eighty-three years she wrote several books and more than a thousand articles, essays, and reviews. For several decades she produced a regular column which became the heart of the paper. Day's vintage pieces are still frequently reprinted in the Catholic Worker, where they continue to exert an uncommon power. Through her pen (or rickety typewriter, when one was available), Day touched thousands. Most of today's Catholic peace activists, including Fathers Daniel and Philip Berrigan, Thomas Cornell, Eileen Egan, James W.
68 The farming communes have not endured as long or as well as the Houses of Hospitality, perhaps because of Dorothy Day's insistence that need, rather than efficiency of workers, be the chief criterion in selecting guests. " She herself often thought of the Worker farms as "concentration camps of displaced people, all of whom want community, but at the same time want privacy. "69 Besides feeding and sheltering the poor through the Houses of Hospitality and the farming communes, Catholic Workers place much emphasis upon nurturing the broad intellectual foundation of their movement.
Dorothy Day came from middle-class, Anglo-Saxon Protestant stock whose roots ran deep in American history. She was educated in the public schools of large American cities. Peter Maurin came from an old French peasant family, was raised in a rural area, and was educated completely within the Catholic tradition. , and Communist ferment of early twentieth-century America, and sustained by her writing and active demonstration. He favored a back-to-the-land solution to social problems; she was interested in urban labor problems and saw the strike as an instrument of social reform.
Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker by Nancy L. Roberts
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