Reprinted from The Catholic Worker newspaper, May 2019, 86th Anniversary Issue
The aim of the Catholic Worker movement is to live in accordance with the justice and charity of Jesus Christ. Our sources are the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures as handed down in the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, with our inspiration coming from the lives of the saints, "men and women outstanding in holiness, living witnesses to Your unchanging love." (Preface to the Eucharistic Prayer for holy men and women)
This aim requires us to begin living in a different way. We recall the words of our founders, Dorothy Day who said, "God meant things to be much easier than we have made them," and Peter Maurin who wanted to build a society "where it is easier for people to be good."
"It is a grace to read this book. Never have I felt so deeply the presence of these martyrs . . . . This book offers us all a chance for deeper conversion and renewed commitment to what these martyrs died for."
-- Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton
"Father Mulligan's narrative is a riveting account of the political injustices in El Salvador and the Jesuits' struggle to break the people free from oppression . . . . Mulligan's elegant prose serves as a poignant reminder of the tremendous sacrifice needed to achieve freedom and justice."
-- U. S. Congressman John Joseph Moakley (D-MA)
"Father Mulligan has done an important service for the faith community by gathering together the anniversary events and the voices of those who bear in their hearts the meaning of the life and death of the UGA martyrs."
-- Margaret Swedish and Lee Miller,
Co-Directors: Religious Task Force on Central America
"This volume reports vividly on the turbulent politics of El Salvador as well as the awesome impact which the slaughter of the six Jesuits had on everyone. This is a compelling story which should be read on the fifth anniversary of the Jesuit Martyrs and on every anniversary thereafter. Father Mulligan's book will have a special meaning for everyone in the Jesuit family throughout the world."
-- Robert F. Drinan, S.J.