Easy Essays

Easy Essays

I first met Peter in December, 1932, when George Shuster, then editor of The Commonweal, later president of Hunter College, urged him to get into contact with me because our ideas were so similar, both our criticism of the social order and our sense of personal responsibility in doing something about it. It was not that "the world was too much with us" as we felt that God did not intend things to be as bad as they were. We believed that "in the Cross was joy of Spirit." We knew that due to original sin, "all nature travailleth and groaneth even until now," but also believed, as Juliana of Norwich said, that "the worst had already happened," i.e., the Fall, and that Christ had repaired that "happy fault."In other words, we both accepted the paradox which is Christianity . . . Peter's teaching was simple, so simple, as one can see from these phrased paragraphs, these Easy Essays, as we have come to call them, that many disregarded them. It was the sanctity of the man that made them dynamic. Although he synopsized hundreds of books for all of us who were his students, and that meant thousands of pages of phrased paragraphs, these essays were his only original writings, and even during his prime we used them in the paper just as he did in speaking, over and over again. He believed in repeating, in driving his point home by constant repetition, like the dropping of water on the stones which were our hearts. -- Dorothy Day

Peter Maurin

Apostle to the World

Peter Maurin

Dorothy Day provides the most complete intimate portrait of the man she called "an Apostle to the world." Maurin emerges as a true saint and prophet who offers an instructive and healing challenge for our time.

Peter Maurin

Prophet in the Twentieth Century

Peter Maurin

In Peter Maurin: Prophet in the Twentieth Century, Marc H. Ellis traces Maurin's life from his early years--as peasant, brother, and Catholic activist--through his meeting with Dorothy Day. Ellis' Chronicle focuses on the consequences of that meeting: the founding of the Catholic Worker movement and newspaper, the founding of hospitality, the farming communes. Peter Maurin: Prophet in the Twentieth Century is the first biography to really examine Maurin's thought. A commitment to non-violent reform and to a life of poverty were chief tenets of Maurin's philosophy; it was Maurin's notion that farmers and scholars would labor and learn together in the ideal world. Ellis discusses these and other ideas of Maurin, their development and their particular importance today.

Peter Maurin's Easy Essays

Writings from the Catholic Worker

Peter Maurin's Easy Essays

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Peter Maurin

Gay Believer

Peter Maurin


Easy Essays on Peace and Justice

Easy Essays on Peace and Justice

Collection of writings by the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement in America and a key figure in the revival of social action among Catholics sixty years ago. His teachings reflect Christian notions of mercy and peace and are still relevant today. Includes a foreword by Tony Newman.

The Spirit of the Sixties

The Making of Postwar Radicalism

The Spirit of the Sixties

The Spirit of the Sixties explains how and why the personal became political when Sixties activists confronted the institutions of American postwar culture. The Spirit of the Sixties uses political personalism to explain how and why the personal became political when Sixties activists confronted the institutions of American postwar culture. After establishing its origins in the Catholic Worker movement, the Beat generation, the civil rights movement, and Ban-the-Bomb protests, James Farrell demonstrates the impact of personalism on Sixties radicalism. Students, antiwar activists and counterculturalists all used personalist perspectives in the "here and now revolution" of the decade. These perspectives also persisted in American politics after the Sixties. Exploring the Sixties not just as history but as current affairs, Farrell revisits the perennial questions of human purpose and cultural practice contested in the decade.

The Media of Mass Communication, Fifth Canadian Edition

The Media of Mass Communication, Fifth Canadian Edition

A leader in the Canadian mass communication market, The Media of Mass Communication offers a unique genre breakdown of the discipline. Beginning with a focus on mass media such as print, sound recordings, movies, radio, television and the internet, it then moves on to mass messages, looking at news, public relations, advertising and entertainment, and finishes with an analysis of mass media issues, including media research, law and ethics, media effects, global mass media, and others. The new fifth edition has been heavily revised to include the latest changes in the Canadian and American media landscape, including new chapters on movies, entertainment, and Mass Media and Governance.

Peter Maurin's Ecological Lay New Monasticism

A Catholic Green Revolution Developing Rural Ecovillages, Urban Houses of Hospitality, and Eco-Universities for a New Civilization

Peter Maurin's Ecological Lay New Monasticism

This book describes the vision of a "Green Revolution" proposed by Peter Maurin, co-founder with Dorothy Day of the Catholic Worker Movement. Peter's vision may be described as a new lay ecological monasticism for individuals and families. His program included three interrelated projects: 1) creation of rural ecovillages pursuing prayer, study, and agriculture; 2) creation of urban houses of hospitality to welcome the marginalized poor; and 3) ecological universities in which workers would become scholars and scholars would become workers. Peter saw the entire program as part of the search for a post-capitalist and post-Marxist new civilization, yet one rooted in ancient human spiritual, social, and ecological traditions.