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."
"This is a deeply moving tale of the American we often read about but seldom run into: the independent spirit who speaks truth to power, no matter the consequences. Dave Dellinger, the oldest of the Conspiracy Eight, turns out to be the most obstinate. This book tells us why."
-- Studs Terkel
"Before reading this book, I knew and greatly admired Dave Dellinger. Or so I thought. After reading his remarkable story, my admiration changed to something more like awe. There can be few people in the world who have crafted their lives into something truly inspiring.
-- Noam Chomsky
"Dave Dellinger's life is as American as apple pie wildly seasoned--the life of an active, endlessly inventive peacemaker--resisting, determined, positive. It's an exciting personal story lived in the heart of historical events. An American tradition infrequently mined, deep and continuous."
-- Grace Paley
"A powerful, sensitive, and deeply compassionate reflection from one of the most important and bravest nonviolent revolutionaries of the twentieth century."