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Community—Cherith Brook is a residential Christian community committed to sharing table fellowship with strangers, and all our resources with one another. We have found our inspiration from the early church, the Church of the Savior, and the Catholic Worker. Mercy—Our daily lives are structured around practicing the works of mercy as found in Jesus’ teachings. We are committed to regularly feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, visiting the prisoner and the sick in the name of Jesus. Peacemaking—As followers of Jesus, we understand our lives to be centered in God’s Shalom. Cherith Brook strives to be a “school” for peacemaking in all its dimensions: political, communal, and personal, working constantly to undo poverty, racism and militarism. These three orbs can be summed up as the struggle to connect with the God of life. We pray that Cherith Brook is a space where all of us—the broken—can come to learn and relearn the ways of Jesus; a place to struggle together for God’s call of love, mercy, peace and justice. Showers M, T, Th, 8:30--11am volunteers 8 am–noon Prayers M & F 6 am
November 15 Roundtable: “Worker Justice”, Alice Chamberlain of Communities Creating Opportunity (CCO) November 27-29 closed for Thanksgiving December 14 Work day 9am-1pm December 22 - January 6 closed for the holidays January 11 NO work day January 17 Roundtable: “Contemplation in a World of Action,” Sr. Therese Elias of Mt. St. Scholastica. February 8 Work day 9am-1pm February 21 Roundtable: TBA
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So E lijah did according to the word of the L ord; he went and lived by the C herith Brook…and the ravens brought him bread… I Kings 17 by Eric Garbison
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Ode to Joy
In Luke’s account of Christmas, the angel tells the dusty, tired shepherds not to be afraid. Our news is good and it will bring you “joy.” Matthew says that when the star stops above the stable “joy” overcomes the sages from the East. The coming of the Christ child elicits joy, one that the entire world could recognize. The word “joy” has caught my attention lately; it’s not in my vocabulary. I wonder if I’m alone in this? There’s lots of talk about “happiness”—“Do what makes you happy!” or “Why am so I unhappy?” Perhaps we have all been socialized by the utilitarian credo: “avoid suffering and maximize your happiness”? And then we chase after it in a tired, anxious and depressed fashion. But when was the last time someone described their day as joyful? If there is a New Testament equivalent to our word “happy” I have yet to find it. Perhaps because what we mean today by happiness is not part of the vision of God’s New Creation. I suspect it’s because the joy coming about through God’s new order is something entirely different. Paul is very clear that joy is a fruit planted, tended and grown in us by the Spirit of God. Indeed, he calls it a spiritual attribute second only to love and the preface to peacemaking. Perhaps part of its spiritual quality includes the fact that when Paul writes, “count it all joy” he doesn’t leave out the suffering bit. It was “for the sake of joy,” after all, that Christ endured the cross (Hebrews 12:1-2). It’s curious, however, that Paul doesn’t list joy as one of the spiritual gifts. If it describes the feeling born from the Christ-child’s coming, and if it belongs to those who live now by the freedom of God’s Spirit, then shouldn’t it be recognized as a gift God gives to some that benefits the rest of us? I am convinced there is such a charism because I’ve experience it. When you meet someone like Nate Licktieg, one is immediately stunned by his sparkle. There is so much
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about him that oozes joy. How many firsttime guest at our house have not been able to hold back a smile, chuckle or full-blown laughter when encountering Nate. Some are so caught off guard by his quirky cheer that they try to dismiss him, but it doesn’t last long. Eventually all are drawn in by his magnatism.
When our rooster starts crowing in the middle of the day, I suspect Nate is somewhere close by. He mimics our rooster so masterfully he can get an almost instant reply. I’ll come outside to find Nate propped against the fence, head thrown back, red curls dangling and throat thrust forward in full boast that seems to make our rooster jealous. Then he turns to me with a side-ways grin and a “Hey!” Sometimes I puzzle at the nature of his enjoyment of life. I want to uncover the secret. So I enlist him in service: Can you help me bring over some food from the café? Sure! Can you set the tables, “Sure!” Can you feed the scraps to the chickens? Sure! Sweep the floor? “Sure!” turn of the light? Sure!...Sure!...Sure! Certain days I’m inclined to doubt Nate’s sincerity. So I make a game of it. Is there something I can come up with that Nate will complain about? (why do we want to douse the joy of others?) I don’t mean to be cruel, just skeptical. But born from Nate’s natural playfulness is a little teasing out of me. His authenticity makes it contagious. On a bad day I become annoyed with Nate, I confess. How can he always be so damn cheerful? Doesn’t he know Brian Kavanagh what’s going on around here? Doesn’t he know how hard life is? How hard HIS life is? I prowl about in the shadows waiting for some sign of irritation, some flaw in his joy so that I can catch him and shout, “I knew it!” But as I peek around the corner Nate jumps out, “gotcha!” and giggles at the game. Of course
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by Eric Garbison Bee hives have distinct cycles. There are the seasonal cycles: harvesting nectar and pollen, raising brood, swarming, producing honey in preparation for winter. There are also the broader cycles of life: new hive building up comb; a summer drought limits the winter storage; queens age and need replacing; An invasion of mites, beetles or moths test the hive’s resilience. These broader changes may make us beekeepers a little nervous, but the bees just keep on doing their work. After all, not every challenge is a hive collapse. The longer you are around hives the more you recognize that change in quality and quantity is part of the cycle. This is my experience of beekeeping and my experience of community as well. We are presently experiencing a broad cycle that is new to us. In September we celebrated five fun years with Nick Pickrell and sent him off with our love and blessings. We are now four adults— Allison, Eric, Jodi and Lonnie—when only a year ago we were eight: A new cycle for sure. It is not entirely clear to me what to make of this time except to live it. We are trying to sit with the reality of who we are. We are discerning how to live into this present cycle. We are celebrating growing intimacy among the four of us, at the same time praying for new community members who are called to this work. happen overnight. Our extended community of volunteers, friends and supporters has been a great support. We thank all of you for the encouragement we have received. As to our doings, we have some personal highlights: Canning peaches and tomatoes; A unique harvest including Henri and Allison harvest honey with a hand cranked extractor. figs and fifteen gallons of honey; Lonnie has lived with us almost a year and is exploring a covcommunity. None of the change changes our enant commitment; Eric is happy being unemaims and means. ployed and volunteering full time at the house, I am also aware where the analogy with a bee finishing projects, presenting on our work hive breaks down. While you want a hive full of and filling in the gaps; Allison has adapted bees, is a full community always a guarantor of well to her new job schedule and, with several health (in some ways we feel healthier)? Is becommunity friends, she is founding a house ing small in numbers a sign of crisis or a chance church in the neighborhood; Jodi has discovto deepen faith and get back to basics? And ered yoga and is tickled watching her refugee yet, this cycle includes grief for the change in students learn a new language; The Garbisons friendship patterns, stress of adjusting to new finished redoing their bathroom to make space jobs and new arrangements, new energy to see for two teenagers; Ana was accepted into City the potential, patience to live present today and in Motion Apprentice Company and runs cross hope for what the future will bring. country; Henri started his own lawn business, Some have asked how we go about getting loves repairing weed-eaters and was invited to new members. We say to them and remind the high school robotics team. ourselves, “we trust the process.” It looks We want to highlight our upcoming roundsomething like this: We want inquirers to have tables. We have a variety of speakers and topics personal exposure to our day to day. This also (Anarchism, Contemplation, Working Class, allows us a chance to get acquainted. If they’re Worker justice, Drones...see our schedule on the of local ilk they can come volunteer anytime. If back of this paper). All relate to the Catholic they’re not we invite them to “come and see.” Worker aims and means but ultimately to the After that initial exposure we invite them to radical nature of the gospel as it confronts the join us on pilgrimage for a period of time. After world with God’s abundant love. Thanks to awhile God may be calling them to covenant Micah Waters, Chris Homiak and Amy Hansenwith us, this includes making clear commitMalek for their creativity, planning and leaderments to the community, exploring the comship. mon purse and taking on more responsibilities. The roof of the house at Cherith Brook is in Discernment is always a two way street and desperate need of replacement. We have been we believe the Holy Spirit works to unite both patching and repairing it since we moved in sides in consensus. almost 7 years ago. It is now beyond the patch Waiting is part of our schooling into the and repair approach. This is not a project we Divine Life and the present cycle truly requires have the skill or time to do ourselves. We rarely a revolutionary kind of patience. Some days ask directly for money but, with our simple what we really need is not to plan more or budget and our commitment to pass along our vision more or stress more, but to sit with our resources quickly, we need to raise $15,000 for smallness, and, like Elijah on Mt. Horeb, hear this roof. Please consider this special request. God in the silence--we need prayer. We also We look with anticipation as to what this covet your prayers: pray that God will continue new cycle will bring us. But as we wait, like the our commitment and joy in this work. Pray bees, we just keep on doing the work. Together that new folks will hear the call to join us on we can approach it with faith and hope. pilgrimage. Pray that we will continue to recognize, nurture, and celebrate the depth of our extended community. Pray, because it will not
Zach and Abhi (ends) of Jerusalem Farm, with students from Avila and Creighton built a new chicken house to accomodate our growing flock. Catholic Workers Nicole Linsmeier and Theo Kayser (center) paint on the finishing touches.
We surely don’t feel like the hive is collapsing, but we sometimes feel more fragile. And we’ve made lots of adjustment. It may take different skills and energy, but we are convinced the best way to face it is by living into our praxis: hospitality, nonviolence, prayer, voluntary poverty,
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by Alice Chamberlain
Just Wages for Fast-Food Workers
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“There is a demand for justice that is sweeping across the nation. It is a demand for justice that is both localized here in Kansas City, but it is also globalized across the world. Don’t think too little of what you are doing here today. You are part of a larger, greater movement that I believe a divine hand is upon” – Rev. Dr. Vernon Howard, Second Baptist Church of Kansas City, addressing Fast Food Workers This summer Kansas City joined the national movement of fast-food and retail workers organizing for economic dignity. Workers from almost 40 fast food and retail stores joined hundreds of community members to fight for a living wage and a voice on the job. Stand-
ing with civil rights legend C.T. Vivian and Tex Sample, Kansas Citians united to declare “We’re worth more.” Right now 26,000 hard-working families of fast food workers are struggling paycheck to paycheck. Across the Kansas City area, workers in our fast-food industry make just $294 per week, if they work full time, with no healthcare insurance or sick days. Workers’ wages are so low, it’s hard for them to afford the basic necessities of life: food, shelter, transportation. They have to choose between paying bills, putting food on the table, or going to the doctor when they are sick. Most low-wage workers have to keep two, even three jobs to have a fighting chance of keeping a roof over their heads and clothes on their backs. Terrance Wise, a fast-food worker at Burger King and Pizza Hut, recently became homeless. Others worry they won’t have food for their children every night or money for much needed medicine. Currently we the taxpayers support this unjust wage system and subsidize the profits of many of these corporations through public safety net programs. Given their starvation wages many fast-food employees are dependent on public assistance to survive. For example, Walmart employees create the largest single demand on the food stamp program. Economic dignity and a livable wage for fast-food workers is not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to
do. Raising wages for the nation’s lowest-paid workers puts money into the hands of people who spend their incomes at the highest rates, boosting demand for goods and services in our neighborhood businesses. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, every $1 in hourly wage increase for a minimum wage worker results in $2,800 in new consumer spending for their household the following year. Communities Creating Opportunity, a faith-based organizing effort in the greater Kansas City metro, has been supporting this low-wage worker effort. As people of faith the plight of low-wage workers is not just an economic issue— it’s a moral issue. We believe that all are created in the image and likeness of God, which means we are all born with dignity. Unfortunately we have created conditions in this city under which too many people labor all day and are denied their dignity. Our people cry out for justice. That’s the movement that started this summer with two one-day strikes in July and August respectively. Hundreds of low-wage workers, many of them carrying their children on their backs, stood in the rain and in the heat to witness to the cause of their own dignity. Nationally, they were joined by thousands who took action in seven cities, calling for work with dignity. We seek an economy that values the sacred dignity of every person. Those who work full-time and serve our community should not live in poverty, labor without healthcare, or lack the ability to give their children a better life. We need jobs that give everyone a fighting chance. Good jobs will make a better Kansas City for us all. For more information or to get involved, contact Alice Chamberlain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Just Be Better
by Brandon Pomeroy “The only thing I like to talk about is God,” ing. Putting up new wood slats, replacing Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day discovJohn said. He had explained his percepscrews, it was a beautiful early spring day. ered an alternative over 80 years ago. By tion of the differences in the way love is It reminded me of similar days helping providing houses of hospitality, periodic described in the Old and New Testaments. my grandfather on his farm in southeast meetings for clarification of thought, and a “Well, we have that in common” I said, “To Kansas. We met young people from a youth back to the land movement, they preached be honest I’m not sure what else there is to group, talked with community members and abundance rather than scarcity. If we can talk about.” John was waiting his turn for neighbors. On other Saturdays I have pulled meet each other on common ground. If we the shower, his clean clothes, towel, and weeds, cut down trees, mulched, cleaned can learn from each other. If we can trust toothbrush in a neat pile next to him. It was the back alley, made lunch, and organized each other. If we can all finally admit that Friday morning at Cherith Brook and I was the clothing closet, working with different there is abundant housing, food, clothing, happy to be back, cleaning the bathrooms in people each time. I am truly unskilled labor, love, family, and stability for all. By working between showers and hanging out with evbut these days always inspire me to dream together, living smaller, building on each eryone. Meeting new people and renewing of how things could be. Mutual aid. Workother’s skill, strength, health, passion and acquaintances was a wonderful thing. Checking together for a common good. Care and intellect, little pockets of heaven on earth ing out Bryce’s new red bike, learning about love for our neighbors. Sharing work and can start to appear. God’s kingdom begins the nuances of New York traffic from Scott tools, talking and learning from and about to break through. A new civilization created and spending time with Nick in the shell of the old. New on what turned out to be his wine poured into new winelast Friday as a community skins. member was all pure grace. By using our time, re I always learn something sources, muscle, spirit, and important when I am there. heart to help create comThis time it was the encounmunity we can truly create ter with John that stayed life. Writing a check to a with me. Not so much the 501c corporation that I have theology, which I really didn’t never visited and might follow exactly, but just the have only vague ideas about conversation itself. I could what they do and how they feel his love of God. We had do it may or may not help been talking about his new me or the intended receiver. painting job and he had seamIt certainly won’t change lessly and effortlessly moved the world. It is mercy that is the topic from painting walls required, not sacrifice. It is to theology. He instructed risky, messy, inconvenient with authority and without personalism, not distant hesitation or fear. We agreed and showy donations of the that love as taught by Jesus is leftovers of our abundance. all-inclusive. As Peter Maurin said, That is something I can al“The world would be better Tuesday volunteer crew: Ellen, Jodi, Peggy, Allison, Gary, Shirley, Domenick & Barbara ways count on, and one of the off if people tried to become betmore surprising things to many ter. And people would become better if they people, that with an open mind and heart, each other, and later sitting down to a meal, stopped trying to be better off.” That is the we can all learn from each other. Whether those Saturdays are a wonderful model of key to life right there. Stop worrying about from a recent immigrant, or from someone community life. being better off. Just be better. with mental health or substance issues, Private business tax incentives, a govern- Talking to each other openly, respectfully, or from another volunteer with her own ment shut down engineered by corporations, and lovingly. Spending time helping each brokenness, we all have a truth that needs to the continued and accelerating marginaliza- other physically and spiritually. Sharing a be told. A truth that is instructive and emtion and criminalization of the poor and un- meal. Spreading the circle wide. Spreading powering to others. That is what God wants dereducated, these forces and more increas- it wide enough to include everyone. Maybe for us all. To challenge each other. To grow ingly call for an alternative for a growing wide enough so that instead of including and change together. Those holy conversanumber of people. We can’t buy our way out just the people that look and dress and act tions seem to come from nowhere. Happy of this. Government GDP calculations and like us it includes the whole world. A circle circumstance aided by putting ourselves in corporate profits bring death rather than shaped like a globe. the right spot at the right time. By doing, life. The not so secret thing about capitalrather than watching. We watch television, ism is that it is unsustainable. Destroying movies, sporting events, our kids, and even the earth in the search for fossil fuels, buildlive music. Much of our time is spent watching the military to wage continuous war, ing rather than actually living. and incarcerating an ever-larger number of It was during a second Saturday workday young black men in more and more private earlier this year that my eleven-year-old son prisons may look like growth on a spreadand I fixed a fence throughout the mornsheet but it is a losing game.
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Drones and Gadflies
Framing the Debate on War by Remote Control
by Brian Terrell On May 23, President Obama gave a major address from the National Defense University, ON THE FUTURE OF OUR FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM, in which he acknowledged for the first time the US government’s still officially secret program of assassination by remotely controlled drones. I was able to watch this televised speech from the privileged vantage of a federal prison on the last day of a sentence resulting from my protest of drones lethally operated from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri over various countries around the world. My own anti-drone activism began with protests at Creech Air Force Base in the Nevada desert in April, 2009. Even some otherwise well informed people were skeptical, back then, that such things were even possible, much less happening daily. Many who were aware accepted the simple and happy narrative of drone warfare as a precise new high-tech system in which soldiers from a safe distance of thousands of miles can pin point those who mean us imminent harm with little or no collateral damage. Even some among our friends in the peace movement questioned the wisdom of focusing attention on drones. Must we protest every new advance in weaponry? Can’t we allow for methods that are at least improvements on indiscriminate carnage? Is not a precisely aimed and delivered drone attack preferable to carpet bombing? Is it not preferable to invasion? Does it make a difference to the victims, in any case, whether there is a pilot in the plane that bombs them or not? The fact that four years later on the day before my release from prison, the president of the United States was defending the use of drones before the country and the world is truly remarkable. This is not a discussion that he or anyone else in the government, politics or the military encouraged or one that the media was anxious to take on. The fact that the issue is up for discussion at all is due to considerable efforts of the few here in the US and the UK in solidarity with many in the streets in Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan protesting this foul weaponry. Communities of protest and resistance in Nevada, New York, California, Missouri, Wisconsin, England and Iowa thrust the issue into local forums, courts and media through creative actions and legal stratagems, effectively demanding that grievance over drone killing be heard. The president’s own speech was itself only rescued from being the cleverly constructed but empty litany of alibi, half-truth and obfuscation that it was intended to be by the interruption by our friend, Medea Benjamin. The narrative of humanitarian war via drone had begun to unravel in the public eye in the months leading up to the president’s speech and has since fallen further into disrepute. Months before the president made the assertion in his May 23 speech that “by narrowly targeting our action against those who want to kill us and not the people they hide among, we are choosing the course of action least likely to result in the loss of innocent life,” his administration had already revised earlier claims that the drone programs in Yemen and Pakistan had yielded zero known noncombatant deaths to one death to finally admitting to a death toll in “single digits.” By almost any accounting the
noncombatant tolls in those countries have been at least in the hundreds. Just weeks after the president spoke at the National Defense University, a journal published by that institution published a study that debunked his assurance that “conventional airpower and missiles are far less precise than drones, and likely to cause more civilian casualties and local outrage.” Drone strikes in Afghanistan, the study found, were “an order of magnitude more likely to result in civilian casualties per engagement.” Another assurance given in this speech, that “America cannot take strikes wherever we choose; our actions are bound by consultations with partners, and respect for state sovereignty,” was discredited on June 8 when the US ambassador to Pakistan was
summoned by the prime minister of that country angry over a US drone attack that killed nine people. “It was conveyed to the US chargé ď affaires that the government of Pakistan strongly condemns the drone strikes, which are a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” said Pakistan’s ministry of foreign affairs. “The importance of bringing an immediate end to drone strikes was emphasized.” “We act against terrorists who pose a continuing and imminent threat to the American people.” Formerly the word “imminent” referred to something about to happen at any moment and using the generally accepted definition of the word one might construe in the president’s words a guarantee that drone strikes are used only to stop “terrorists” engaged in acts that would cause immediate harm to Americans. John Brennan, now director of the CIA, suggested in September 2011 that “a more flexible understanding of ‘imminence’ may be appropriate when dealing with terrorist groups.” This more flexible understanding of imminence justifies the assassination not only of those caught in the act, but also of targets who are suspected of having written something or said something to make someone think that Lonnie Welch they might have something to do with an attack on the US someday. A person who is caught on the drones video feed from 7,000 miles away as acting in a manner consistent with someone who might harm one day may now be eliminated as an imminent threat. Referring to the killing of Anwar Awlaki, an American citizen in Yemen, the president assured us that “for the record, I do not believe it would be constitutional for the government to target and kill any US citizen — with a drone, or with a shotgun — without due process.” The general usage of the words “due process” would cause the misapprehension that the right of a citizen to have trial by jury before being executed is being reaffirmed here. “This is simply not
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accurate,” says Attorney General Eric Holder. “‘Due process’ and ‘judicial process’ are not one and the same, particularly when it comes to national security. The Constitution guarantees due process, not judicial process.” The burden of “due process” can now be met when the president decides based on secret evidence that a citizen should die. “For me,” the president said on May 23, “and those in my chain of command, those deaths will haunt us as long as we live.” Those words had a truer ring a few days later spoken on NBC news by Brandon Bryant, an Air Force drone operator who confessed to being haunted by 1,600 deaths he took part in. Bryant admitted that his actions made him feel like a “heartless sociopath,” and he described one of his first kills, sitting in a chair at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada when his team fired on three men walking down a road in Afghanistan. It was night in Afghanistan, and he remembers watching the thermal image of one victim on his computer screen: “I watch this guy bleed out and, I mean, the blood is hot.” Bryant watched the man die and his image disappear as his body attained the ambient temperature of the ground. “I can see every little pixel, if I just close my eyes.” The remoteness of the drone warrior is no protection from the moral damage of war, and these people are victims as well, and it is on their behalf as well that we protest. We cannot know the hearts of President Obama and those in his inner circle but it is not hard to wonder whether they are truly haunted by the deaths of those killed by drones at their commands. If they may not be haunted by their own consciences, perhaps the responsibility of haunting them falls to us.
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Nate gets irritated at times and in his own not desire joy in spite of the tragedies of the ways, but our humanity does not undermine a human experience, but amidst them. And charism, it only clarifies its source. perhaps this is one of the most important In reality, Nate’s life is filled with the gifts we can bring to the suffering, violence struggles of poverty. He lives from check to and poverty of our world. In Christ’s New check, eking out his meals where he can. But his joy is also a real, authentic. Perhaps Nate’s gift is to help us be hopeful in spite of all the facts. Perhaps equal to his bleak material needs is his ability to find and inject joy into life and behalf of the community. His presence is a force and it is infectious. Standing somewhere between a St. Francis and “Holy Fools” (the silly saints of history) Nate is carefree amidst the chaos of poverty. I mean, there is something divine going on here that’s impossible to create with our human effort. Activists are often stereotyped as naysayers, dooms-dayers and gadflies. And as Catholic Workers we Nate hangs out in one of his favorite places--the chicken pen! have more than our share of them all. Our daily expoAge the tables have turned: my poverty of sure to poverty, abuse, addiction, violence of spirit is exposed by the power of joy which street life can feel weighty. Going up against then overflows into my life and sweeps me the growing leviathan of Nukes and Drones away in its abundance. can suck the joy right out of you, with despair We have made so much pageantry out of quick to fill the void. After years of the dirt Christmas that we have forgotten it’s tragic of poverty, the mundane chores of hospitality poverty—Jesus born in a stable. And yet, and the incessant knocking, more than a few the story reveals that the human response of us have gotten the grumpy bug or become to this is not dullness or depression, anger too serious for our own good. The Nates of or anxiety—its joy to the World, a joy that our lives are God’s gift to us. They are Christ’s overcomes. This is the Christmas story. joy incarnate, reminding us that without Thanks, Nate, for the reminder. delight we will likely drowned in our despair. From the stories I’ve heard, I doubt the first impression Dorothy Day left those who met her was cheery. But from her writings she Picture page-First Row: Bryce, Jimmie, clearly knew the call to joy. Reflecting back Robert, Anne Marie, Lucy, Allison. on their Christmas celebration in 1955 she wrote, “All this merry making lightens the heart, Second Row: Russel, David, Darlene, and makes one realize how necessary it is to Bobby. cultivate a spirit of joy. It is psychological truth that the physical acts of reverence and devoThird Row: Sauol, Baldemar, Matt, Chad, tion make one feel devout, the courteous gesture Lonnie, John. increases one’s respect for others, to act loving is to begin to feel loving, and certainly to act joyful Fourth Row: Rick, Jason, Evelyn, Tommy, brings joy to others, which in turn makes one feel Lydell, Sid. joyful.” In her devotion to the Christ of Joy she called others to “the duty of delight.” Fifth Row: Tim, Coleen, Tom, Eric & Jodi . This duty is not shallow escapism; we do
Note: Brian is a co-coordinator of Voices forCreative Nonviolence and lives on a Catholic Worker Farm in Maloy, Iowa. We are gratefeul that we could use portions of his article. See the complete version in the December NY Catholic Worker paper.
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