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Called to Be Saints: John Hugo, the Catholic Worker, and a Theology of Radical Christianity

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Benjamin T. Peters. Called to Be Saints: John Hugo, the Catholic Worker, and a Theology of Radical Christianity. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2016, 586 p. Reviewed by Mark and Louise Zwick In this landmark study of Fr. John Hugo and the retreat that had a profound influence on Dorothy Day, Benjamin Peters argues that Hugo’s… continue reading

Rutilio Grande, SJ: Homilies and Writings

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Book Review: Rutilio Grande, SJ: Homilies and Writings. Edited, Translated, and Annotated by Thomas M. Kelly. College-ville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2015. Reviewed by Mark and Louise Zwick On February 13, 1977, Mark stood next to Rutilio Grande, the priest who would soon be assassinated, as he waited in the procession to begin Mass. It was… continue reading

The Catholic Worker Movement: Intellectual and Spiritual Origins Now Available in Spanish

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Mark and Louise Zwick’s book, The Catholic Worker Movement: Intellectual and Spiritual Origins, is now available in Spanish. To receive a free copy, write to Casa Juan Diego, P. O. Box 70113, Houston, TX 77270.

Native Footsteps: Along the Path of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

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Native Footsteps: Along the Path of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. Edited by Mark G. Thiel and Christopher Vecsey. Paper.  Marquette University Press and the Bureau of Catholic Indian Missions, 2012. Reviewed by Lauren Adderly I met Kateri Tekakwitha three years ago. Her story of courage, faith, and holiness captured my heart while I was living as… continue reading

Book Review: The Red and Rotten Tomatoes

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Barry Estabrook, Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit. Kansas City: Andrews McMeel, 2011. Reviewed by Don Lassus, MD Don is a former Catholic Worker at Casa Juan Diego and resident physician training in family medicine in Los Angeles County. A frequent task at Casa Juan Diego is to drive guests to… continue reading

Rural Roads to Distributism and Family/Community Farms

St. Isidore the Farmer by Ade Bethune

Richard Aleman is the Editor of the Distributist Review. Peter Maurin’s program for the Catholic Worker had an important agricultural aspect. Catholic Workers have always been interested in the Catholic Rural Life Program under the inspiration of Msgr. Luigi Ligutti. Thanks to David S. Bovee’s new book about the illustrious history of the National Catholic… continue reading

Book Review: Saved By Beauty: A Spiritual Journey with Dorothy Day

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Saved by Beauty: A Spiritual Journey with Dorothy Day by Michael O’Neill McGrath. World Library Publications, the Music and Liturgy Division of the J. S. Paluch Company, 2012. Brother Michael O’Neill McGrath, artist and Oblate of St. Francis de Sales, has just published a book entitled with the famous saying from Dostoevsky frequently quoted by… continue reading

Book Review: The Hound of Distributism. Edited by Richard Aleman. American Chesterton Society, 2012.

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With anxiety about the U.S. economy still running high, the paramount issue in the current race for president is boosting growth and putting Americans back to work.  As it usually is, the choice between competing political visions, and thus the economic future, is being cast in the worn and tired ideas of capitalism and socialism. … continue reading

American Madonna: Crossing Borders with the Virgin Mary. Orbis Books, 2010.

I enjoyed reviewing Deirdre Cornell’s new book, American Madonna: Crossing Borders with the Virgin Mary , partly because it is an excellent book, partly because I met the author in central Mexico in the early 1990s. I never forgot her; she is one of those people that linger in your memory. With my own research and… continue reading

All the Way to Heaven: The Selected Letters of Dorothy Day. Edited by Robert Ellsberg, Marquette Univ. Press, 2010

I would not go so far as to say that I have been steeped in Dorothy Day lore, but I have been a Catholic Worker for a while, and we do talk about Dorothy quite a bit around here at the Houston Catholic Worker. I am surrounded by people who know an immense amount about… continue reading