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Peter Maurin: Apostle To The World [Paperback]

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Pages   186
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.26" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.64"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 2004
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570755507  
EAN  9781570755507  

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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.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Dorothy Day (1897 - 1980) was an American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert. In 1933, with Peter Maurin, she established the Catholic Worker, creating a community dedicated to direct aid for the poor and homeless, solidarity with the dispossessed, and social change. Day participated in the labor struggles of the 1930s, the Civil Rights movement, and nonviolent, pacifist opposition to WWII, Vietnam and Cold War militarism, and her cause for canonization is open in the Catholic Church.
Robert Ellsberg was part of the Catholic Worker community in New York City for the last five years of Dorothy Day's life (1975-80), and served for two years as managing editor of The Catholic Worker. He has also edited Dorothy Day: Selected Writings and All the Way to Heaven: The Selected Letters of Dorothy Day, and is the author of All Saints.

Dorothy Day was born in 1897 and died in 1980.

Dorothy Day has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Ressourcement: Retrieval & Renewal in Catholic Thought

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From the Catholic Historical Review  Jan 4, 2010
Dorothy Day's longstanding desire to publish a biography of Peter Maurin has at last borne fruit through the work of Francis J. Sicius, who served both as editor and co-author of the present study. Dorothy had begun her Maurin biography by 1943 and completed the rough manuscript in 1947, just two years before Maurin's death. However, the work remained in need of considerable editing, a job that Day neither found the time nor energy to pursue toward publication. Thus, we owe a great debt to Sicius, who unearthed Dorothy's biography from the archives, readied it for publication, and, when necessary, filled in the gaps of Day's account by incorporating passages from her other writings, such as The Long Loneliness. For greater ease while reading the present work, Day's words are printed in italics; Sicius' narrative, which is nearly half of the book, appears in normal font.

The genius of the content and structure of Peter Maurin: Apostle to the World is threefold. First, Sicius provides a type of basso continuo that is supportive of Day's narrative. His own portions of the text unify and clarity her story without overpowering it, thus carrying through on Sicius' own claim: "The true author and inspiration for this work remains Dorothy Day..." (p. xv). Second, Sicius honors Day's perspective on Peter the man and saint, whose spirituality greatly affected the development of Dorothy's own. While focusing on Maurin the person, Sicius nonetheless provides the reader with a larger historical, theological, and cultural context than the one which Dorothy was able to provide. Third, Sicius appropriately enlarges upon Maurin's intellectual heritage--which Day also remarked upon, but in more piecemeal fashion. In this area, Sicius moves beyond even Marc H. Ellis's fine study, Peter Maurin: Prophet in the Twentieth Century (1981).

Sicius is the sole narrator throughout his remarkable Chapter 8, "The Green Revolution," in which he clearly distinguishes between Dorothy's vision and Maurin's own. Socitis rightly presents Maurin as a Catholic thinker who viewed the medieval synthesis as an "expression of a moral vision that could be applied to all time" (p. 124). Maurin, with his great capacity for synthesizing ideas, offered a dream for integrating matter and spirit as an alternative to the competitive capitalism that spawned the economic depression of 1929 through the 1930's. In short, Maurin outlined a plan for faith-based communities, working for subsistence, close to the land. He saw the need for humanity to live in harmony within the natural environment, as Sicius so aptly notes, "decades before intellectuals and social activists" took up the baton (p. 126)....


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