“He Asked Nothing For Himself…

fullsizeoutput_a6c…so he got nothing,” Dorothy Day wrote in Loaves and Fishes of Peter Maurin, the man she considered the true founder of the Catholic Worker movement.

Maurin did not cling to possessions, demand respect or seek personal recognition. He often takes a backseat to Day in stories of the movement they co-founded, and the aspect of the Catholic Worker that he’s most associated with — farming communes or “agronomic universities” — was for decades considered one of the movement’s biggest failures.

However, in his very poverty and meekness, Maurin found his vocation: as a disciple of Christ on a mission to transform the modern world — in his own words — “from a society of go-getters to a society of go-givers.”

Now, 70 years after his death, Maurin’s vision of a constructive program to reshape society through a synthesis of “cult, culture and cultivation” is gaining traction as it resonates with modern ecological and societal concerns.

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