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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

Compelling Story of Casa Juan Diego

Book Review Mercy Without Borders: The Catholic Worker and Immigration. Paulist Press, 2010. Few former Ohioans, if any, have done more for the poor and the immigrant than Mark and Louise Zwick, who created Casa Juan Diego in Houston to help the thousands upon thousands of immigrants and refugees who have come from Latin America… continue reading

William T. Cavanaugh, Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire, Eerdmans, 2008, 115pp., $12.00 (pbk) ISBN: 9780802845610

William T. Cavanaugh’s recent work, Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire , is a timely read for those seeking to reflect upon the manner in which their Christian faith can be brought to bear not only on their consumer habits but also on the market framework within which those habits are instilled and fostered. Instead of… continue reading

A Familiar Pilgrimage In Remarkable Detail: A Review Essay: The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day, ed. Robert Ellsberg (Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2008), 669 pp. + xxxiv.

Michael Baxter teaches at the University of Notre Dame and lives and works at the Catholic Worker in South Bend, Indiana. He is also national secretary for the Catholic Peace Fellowship. Introduction The arrangement whereby the diaries of the Dorothy Day were transferred from the Catholic Worker in New York to the archives at Marquette… continue reading

The Vocation of Business: Social Justice in the Marketplace by John Médaille. Continuum Books, 2007

In his new book , The Vocation of Business ,  John Médaille, a businessman who teaches “Social Justice for Business Students” at the University of Dallas, makes a comprehensive case for introducing values such as justice and equity into business practices by applying the principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST). It certainly seems like a reasonable… continue reading

A Theory of Personalism (New York: Lexington Books, 2005, by Thomas and Rosita Rourke

It is refreshing to read a text that engages the political, socio-economic world from the standpoint of Catholic spiritual-ity yet does not focus exclusively on the issues of abortion, euthanasia, stem-cell research, and homosexuality, nor strives to wed faith with free market economics. Like a brisk wind, Thomas and Rosita Chazarreta Rourke’s A Theory of Personalism… continue reading

A Question for Catholics: Is “St.” Dorothy Day a Uniter or Divider? Review of the Zwicks’ The Catholic Worker Movement: Intellectual and Spiritual Origins

Thirty years ago, if I were asked if Dorothy Day, a co-founder of the Catholic Worker newspaper and hospitality houses, was a saint, I would have responded, most likely, “she’s a communist and a traitor.” Twenty years ago, if I were asked the same question, I would have answered, hopefully, a little more humbly, “I… continue reading

The Catholic Worker Movement: Intellectual and Spiritual Origins by Mark and Louise Zwick – Book Reviews

Catholic Worker Movement: Intellectual and Spiritual Origins by Mark and Louise Zwick Paulist Press, 2005; 367 pages Reviewed by Mike Wisniewski “The Catholic Worker movement provides a perspective for living out in a practical way a radical following of Jesus.” This statement by the authors, Mark and Louise Zwick, provides an accurate assessment of what those… continue reading

Dorothy Day: Writings from Commonweal. Ed. by Patrick Jordan. Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2002.

If anyone can lay claim to a role in the development of the Catholic Worker movement, it isCommonweal magazine, a periodical edited by Catholic lay people since 1924. It was Commonweal’s editor at the time, George N. Shuster, who sent Peter Maurin to Dorothy Day (they met on December 8, 1932 on the Feast of the… continue reading

Review of John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., Who Count As Persons?: Human Identity and the Ethics of Killing (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2001)

By Alfred J. Freddoso, University of Notre Dame These are bleak days for moral theory in mainstream professional philosophy. At the heart of the matter lies our inability, within contemporary liberal democracies, to come to a consensus on the deep issue of what we are as human beings and where our true good lies. Because… continue reading