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About the Author

Louise Zwick founded the Houston Catholic Worker, Casa Juan Diego, in 1980 to serve immigrants and refugees. Over 50,000 immigrants have stayed at least one night in the Houses of Hospitality. The Zwicks received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award from the Holy Father and the Jefferson award in Houston for their work. They are co-editors of "Houston Catholic Worker," a bi-monthly newspaper.
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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Paulist Press; First edition (September 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0809143151
  • ISBN-13: 978-0809143153
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Despite its references and bibliography, Mark and Louise Zwick's book is a work of poor scholarship and presents an idealized version of Dorothy Day. The Zwicks' tunnel vision allows them to simply ignore important controversies in Day's life. For example, the Zwicks assure us in Chapter 15 that Day was committed to pacifism. They write that Day opposed "Americanism" (p. 254) and they quote her statement in the April 1948 "Catholic Worker" (CW) "That it is better that the United States be liquidated than that she survive by war" (p. 255). Day's high ideals, as written in the May 1949 CW, are also quoted: "But when it comes to activity, we will be pacifists, I hope and pray, nonviolent resisters of aggression from whomever it comes, resisters to repression, coercion, from whatever side it comes, and our activity will be the Works of Mercy. Our arms will be the love of God and our brother." (p. 253)

These statements suggest that Day's extreme pacifism was consistent. But her belief in nonviolence was tempered by who was fighting and what he was fighting for. The Zwicks ignore this fact. They observe that Day quoted missionary-martyr (and later saint) Theophane Venard "about the oppression of the Vietnamese by the French in the name of civilizing pagans and Christianizing them. Venard criticized his countrymen for being godless, secular, and utilitarian in Vietnam, rather than witnesses to the gospel. Dorothy concluded that it was not Christianity and freedom that was being defended, but possessions" (p. 272, footnote omitted).

The Zwicks do not mention Day's later comments on Vietnam: "In 1954 I had written an article for the "Catholic Worker" entitled 'Ho Chi Minh and Theophane Venard, the hero and the saint.'...
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As a participant in the Catholic Worker Movement and scholar of Catholic Social Thought, I heartily recommend this volume. For anyone interested in investigating the intellectual roots of the Catholic Worker, this book is the indispensable starting point. There is so much more to the Catholic Worker than just the indispensable houses of hospitality and anti-war protests, important though the latter are. The Catholic Worker was and is a truly prophetic movement in the deepest sense of the term. Within its depths is a comprehensive view of social reform inspired by the Gospels and sound intellectual and spiritual sources. This book does an excellent job of identifying the roots of the movement on all fronts, historical, economic, philosophical, political, theological and literary. What makes it especially good is that it provides the sources one needs for further investigation. Anyone beginning any serious research on the Catholic Worker movement needs to begin here.
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Mark and Louise Zwick, who operate the Catholic Worker Hospitality House in Houston, Texas, have written a wonderful scholarly book about the Catholic Worker movement and Dorothy Day. They convincingly show that Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin were influenced by powerful intellectual and spiritual sources, including St. Teresa of Avila, Jaques and Raissa Maritain, and Emmanuel Mounier. Clearly, Day and Maurin were grounded in more than the emotions of the moment--they drew heavily from the intellectual and spiritual roots of Catholicism, going back as far as St. Francis of Assisi.

Anyone who has read the works of Dorothy Day will be interested in this terrific book by Mark and Louise Zwick, impressive not only for its scholarship but also for the fact that it was written by people who carry on the work of Dorothy day, Peter Maurin and the Catholic Worker movement.

Richard Fossey
University of North Texas
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If you interested in the Catholic Worker Movement this book is good ground work history kind of material. If you are involved in the movement this book could be good source of renewal and strengthening of the roots.
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This book introduces the reader to the people, philosophies, and policies which influenced Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day and coalesced into the Catholic Worker Movement. Mark and Louise Zwick present chapters on a variety of intellectual, religious, and economic notables whose thinking, writing, and example of life influenced Peter and Dorothy including: Emmanuel Mournier, Francis of Assisi, Dostoevsky, Jacques and Raissa Maritain, and Therese of Lisieux. The Zwicks do an admirable job of presenting the influences upon the movement with direct references and quotes which are then supported by the writings of Maurin and Day to demonstrate their understanding and implementation of their relevant message.
In this book the reader will not find an extended history of the Catholic Worker Movement's foundation, accomplishments, challenges, and future goals other than in the context of how Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin sought to put into action the varied influences that formed their shared perspectives.
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