The May 2006 issue of the Catholic Worker featured the following articles:
- Air Raid Drills & the NYCW by Tom Cornell – Story of how a few dedicated individuals, who endured jail in a time of indifference, eventually were able to stop the fear-inducing, yet useless NY Air Raid drills of the late 50s and early 1960s.
- Easy Essay: They and We by Peter Maurin – A short paragraph reflecting on how people tend to want others to do things, but do not see themselves in need of reform.
- Easy Essay: Institutions by Peter Maurin – Short paragraph reflecting on institutions, which Maurin believed to foster the welfare of the masses, and corporations, which he believed to be organized for the wealth of the few.
- Deliver Us from Fear by Dorothy Day – A 1967 meditation on how the United States, the most powerful country in the world, can also be one of the most fearful. Calls upon God to deliver from fear and help us to the hard work of loving our enemies.
- End the Death Penalty Now! by Scott Langley – Provides information surrounding the 1000th execution in the United States since 1977 and notes that 122 death row inmates were discovered to be innocent and released.
- St. Joseph House by Matt Vogel – Reflections on life lived in community.
- Maryhouse by Amanda W. Daloisio – Reflections on becoming closer to God through cooking, cleaning, and caring for others.
- Peter Maurin Farm by T. Christopher Cornell – Reflections on a life of voluntary poverty and hard work.
- Pierre Conway, 1915-2006 by Geoffrey Gneuhs –
- Aims and Means of the Catholic Worker by Editors – Yearly reprint of what the Catholic Worker is all about.
- God Have Mercy by Bill Griffin – Article on the use of forced feeding and restraint chairs to break a hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility. Calls for closure of the facility.
- Sweet Fruit of the Spirit by Jim Reagan – Article on the difference between personal charity and institutional charity. Questions the effectiveness of the latter.
- Eileen Storey, 1925-2005 by Sr. Anne Montgomery – Obituary of a woman who was memorialized as “Like Elizabeth Seton, Eileen was a citizen of the world. Through her language and literature, her journeys and contemplative prayer, she touched the hearts of people in Asia, Europe, India, Nassau, Iraq, Guatemala, Rye, Greenwich Village…”
- Book Review – War and the Christian Conscience: Where do You Stand, by Joseph J. Fahey. Reviewed by Tom Cornell – Favorable review of a work that “attempts to guide his reader-student through a conscious process in view of each one’s culture, sense of duty, self-interest, gender, religion, science and consequences to an honest decision as to how to understand war and one’s own participation in it.”
- Book Review – Through a glass darkly : the U.S. holocaust in Central America, by Thomas R. Melville. Reviewed by Arthur J. Kubrick. – Favorable Review of the story of Fr. Ron Hennessy, “a Maryknoller who came to Guatemala in 1964, and his work among the Mayan people in El Peten and San Mateo Ixtatan as they struggled to survive the repression by the military and the government, and the efforts of the guerilla forces to overthrow this same government.”
As far as I know, the text and woodcut graphics of the Catholic Worker are not available on-line. If you would like the full text of an article that I mention here, I have three suggestions:
1) Try to borrow the article through Interlibrary Loan.
2) Contact the archivist for the CW at Marquette University:
Department of Special Collections and University Archives
Raynor Memorial Libraries
1355 W. Wisconsin Ave, PO Box 3141
Milwaukee, WI 53201-3141
3) Try contacting the Catholic Worker directly. They MAY be willing to send you the article, though I don’t know if they have morgue files. It seems likely they do, since they often reprint Dorothy Day articles. Contact information for Catholic Worker appears in the “subscribe” section below.
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