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Cherith Brook Lent 2010

Cherith Brook
Practicing God’s Mercy & Gospel Resistance
Catholic Worker
By the Finger of God
by Eric Garbison
I won’t soon that she was trying, but moving scene a young so important to me.
forget the screams of her mouth was burning. boy, whose contorted If a sacrament is
pain and cries for help as Impatient, the palsied body and face encountering God’s
the red liquid melted paramedic grabbed Red’s etched with starvation, grace in earthly actions
down her face. Last fall a forehead harshly, pulling was crying out. In a mo- and things, then the story
friend of mine was pep- her hair as she tried to ment one of the sisters of Jesus highlights the
per sprayed. I was run- get the bottle of eye rinse was there. Tenderly she sacrament of physical
ning late for our commu- closer. “You’re hurting massaged his chest. Then touch. The Gospels tell
nity meal, when I caught me!” Red sobbed. This she ran her hands gently us that “moved with
a glimpse of her out of struggle went on several around his head and compassion Jesus
the corner of my eye. times—spitting, yelling, through his hair. At an touched…” Jesus
“Red” was leaning up hair pulling, sobbing. instance his face relaxed, touched the blind, the So Elijah did according to the word of the Lord; he
against a building with Eventually her street his body calmed and a lame and the sick. Jesus went and lived by the Cherith Brook...and the ravens
her hands covering her toughness kicked in and sudden smile fixed itself touched the leper, the brought him bread…
face. Her screaming Red swore violently at across his sunken cheeks. “sinner”, women—each I Kings 17
pierced through the the paramedic. Flailing No doubt the boy needed considered socially and
rolled-up windows and her arms, she ordered the medical attention. But he religiously unclean in his needles pricking their to preside over wounded
booming radio. I quickly paramedic to stop. The was receiving something day. Parents brought skin. When homeless- lives in these difficult
pulled over. torturous spray didn’t equally life giving— a their children to Jesus, ness puts them in con- moments.
The experience mask the mistreatment. loving touch. hoping he would touch stant public scrutiny “We must do
was surreal. The im- In some basic By the same them. When the disciples some experience such small things with great
mense amount of physi- way, I guess, the para- token, the holiness of tried to shoo them away, gestures as an invasion
cal suffering it caused medic was helping. She human contacts becomes Jesus called them back love.” Mother Teresa
of the privacy they fight
her stands out. Pepper was trying to rinse Red's real to me when I recall saying, “Let these little said, “ Its not how much
to retain. Others have
spray is simply that—a eyes of the fiery spray my own experiences of children come to me, been so violated by sex- we do, but how much
spray derived from the without getting it on her- deep loneliness. A sim- Don't block them! For ual exploitation and sa- love we put into doing it.
oils of cayenne, chilies self; She was “doing her ple embrace can remind the Kingdom of God dism they don’t know And its not how much
and habanera. I tried to job.” But it was clear that me of my belonging. A belongs to them.” Jesus who to trust. we give, but how much
calm her as she flailed she didn’t care. Her kind touch on the shoul- touched his enemies, But human inti-
around from the tempo- touch was as injurious as der or clasping of hands healing the ear of the love we put into giving.
macy cannot be aban- To God there is nothing
rary blindness and burn- the intense burning of the might be all it takes to man who had come to doned out of fear of be-
ing. She spit out her den- spray; a hurt to Red's journey toward restora- arrest him. small. The moment we
ing misunderstood. We
tures as she gasped for person. Eventually it was tion when I have experi- All of this are all called to this give it to God it becomes
air (it temporarily para- not welcomed. This is a enced isolation from serves to highlight the priesthood, to serve this infinite.” Rubbing some-
lyzes the larynx causing lesson we have learned community or family. power in human touch. sacrament of God’s pres- one’s back, caressing
the person to feel they repeatedly from street In another way, “Fellow humanity is a ence. "If it is by the fin- their hair, holding some-
are choking). I tried to folk: some of the greatest the holiness of human sacrament of our encoun- ger of God that I caste
hold her hand and speak suffering is not the cold contact becomes evident ter with God” wrote one’s hand just that extra
out demons," Jesus said minute or two, looking
to her in a calming voice. and hunger, but the loss when I consider times I Timothy Gorringe. This after healing a demon
I really didn’t know what of dignity, especially have stubbornly with- sacrament necessitates a straight into their eyes—
possessed mute, “then
else to do. when doled out by those drawn it. At moments of refusal to let go of some- the kingdom of God has these are small things,
Also etched in who are supposed to frustration, disappoint- one’s humanity, and a come to you." Jesus but when shared, the
my memory is the re- help. ment or anger, I guard refusal to lose sight of transforms human touch eternity of God’s love
sponse of the paramed- That same night myself from the contact our own. into a sign of the break- breaks into the now.
ics. The few minutes we we were in the middle of with others. A hug or Not all touch is ing in of
waited seemed an eter- our study of the saints in handshake is stubbornly welcome though. Many God’s
nity. And I was relieved our lives (each of us has withheld. My body pos- of our street guests and reign. And
to see them pull up. But been inspired by the faith ture is closed. It is telling friends have been han- we are all
my anxiety was met with of ordinary people striv- how, in these moments, dled in angry, aggressive potential
their indifference. They ing in holiness). Nick emotional sores make us and abusive ways. Some vehicles of
were in no hurry to re- was showing a video on feel physically bruised experience touch as a that reign.
lieve Red's pain. “Stop Mother Teresa. In spar- and to offer a tangible great discomfort, a We must
that spitting,” one para- tan rooms, filled with gesture of welcome takes physical pain in their trust that
medic yelled. “I won’t cots, the Missionaries of such effort. These frail- fractured emotions. I God’s
help you unless you stop Charity were tending the ties and failings of mine have heard folks with Spirit em-
spitting.” Between sobs, needs of the starving and are why our practice of schizophrenia describe a powers us
Red could only answer dying of Calcutta. In one foot washing has become pat on the shoulder as Henri & Eric Garbison
Cherith Brook Lent 2010

Reflections About Hope & Trust Welcome 2ew


by Steve Sherridan Arrivals! House needs
Both of these sions of God as he Together with Sandwich Meat (no bologna)
mysterious gifts of the prayed and wept and all creation we can hope
Holy Spirit are alive in healed and loved people more, love more, cry Sandwich Bags
all of us and in all crea- who were poor, sick and more, trust more, sing
Mayonnaise
tion. What does the mys- outcasts. more, be healed more.
tery of hope look like for Jesus gave the Jesus said to pray with- Sliced Cheese
me as I walk and pray poor more than just heal- out ceasing, to pray al-
and laugh and cry ing and food. Jesus gave ways, to love always, to Peanut Butter & Jelly
through my day? them his loving presence. be the first to ask for Our new cat DJ takes a nap.
Bananas & Oranges
I believe and Jesus gave them hope. forgiveness and to re-
hope to be- member Coffee, Sugar, Creamer
lieve more Christ is Vinegar (gallon size for cleaning)
and trust with us.
that Christ We and all
Baking Soda
walks closer creation Dish Soap
than each of journey Toilet Paper
our heart- this life of
Building a chicken coop has Milk, Eggs, Butter
beat and the joy and Black Beans
been a spring project!
infinite death and
Salt & Pepper Shakers
heart-beat of pain in
God in all God’s Folding Tables
Cherith Brook community members on retreat.
creation. time. We (standard rectangular size)
In reflection in Jesus gave them trust. and all creation will be Clear Plastic Restaurant Cups
prayer I am surrounded Every hour of every day I given God’s glorious and Water Pitchers
by joyous visions and am called to love, to mysterious resurrection.
hope, to trust, and to
Industrial Refrigerator
pain filled visions. This Today, now, tomorrow, I
brings me to a deeper walk and to pray with want to live in God’s
hope and trust in our friends who come to take hope more and to trust
infinite loving Christ showers at Cherith God more. When possible, please call us at least a day
who also breathed, Brook. To realize my ahead of time to schedule the best time to
walked and sowed vi- spirit is broken also. make your delivery of donations. Thanks!
We should have eggs soon!

A Song About Peace


by Josh Armfield Shower needs
Tennis Shoes (men’s & women’s)
Capo 2
C Am F C
Jeans & Belts
Peace, Peace in our homes and in our streets. (esp. men’s sizes 32-36)
C Am F C
Peace in our schools and in the way we teach . Summer Shirts & Shorts
C Am F C Men’s Underwear
Peace in the food we grow and we eat.
C F C (esp. size 32-38)
Peace, we pray for Peace. Music is enjoyed around the campfire on retreat. Women’s Panties (esp. 4-7)
C Em F C Bras
Peace will make us whole again.
Shampoo & Conditioner
C Em F C
Peace will bring us together as friends. (large bottles)
C Am F C
With Peace there’s no need to judge or defend. Deodorant &Razors
C F C Tube Socks
Peace, we pray for peace.
Shoes & Foot Powder
Toothpaste & Brushes
Love…Love we live by love
Tampons & Pads
Joy…Joy we sing for Joy Ibuprofen & Tylenol
Forgive…Forgive because he forgave… Laundry Soap (he)
Forgiveness will make us whole again…
Bus Passes & Stamps
Haircutting Scissors
Forgive because he forgave.
Josh, Izabelle & Diana entertain us on MLK Day.
Cherith Brook Lent 2010

Freedom from nukes – possible! with community action


by Jane Stoever, PeaceWorks Kansas City

We take our Road and Missouri High- tory in New Mexico ment). Ironically, these the Nuclear Non- rain on the hills of
sorrow for the world’s way 150. (plutonium pit produc- expansions are getting Proliferation Treaty this Easton (Pa.). … Our
suffering and, in commu- With that vote, tion) and Oak Ridge, the green light while the May. Lord Himself has already
nity, work to secure a the city pledged up to Tenn. (uranium enrich- UN prepares to review Many of us pronounced judgment on
world free from nukes. A $10 million for highway working for a nuke-free, the atomic bomb. When
joyful journey! innovations for the plant livable, green world take James and John wished
Yes, we know and local enterprises. A heart from pacifist Doro- to call down fire from
Kansas Citians build and city commission will thy Day, cofounder of heaven on their enemies,
procure parts for nuclear hold the title to the land the Catholic Worker Jesus said, ‘You know
weapons, such as tritium for the new NNSA plant, movement in 1933. not of what spirit you
containers and fusing. and funding for construc- In December are. The Son of Man
This work proceeds at tion (estimated at $705 1945, the Associated came not to destroy souls
Bannister and Troost in million) and infrastruc- Press said it was hoped but to save.’ He said
the Kansas City Plant, ture improvements ($45 but not known that the also, ‘What you do unto
operated by Honeywell million) will proceed bombing of Hiroshima the least of these my
for the National Nuclear through sale of bonds by killed 318,000 Japanese. brethren, you do unto
Security Administration. Oppenheimer & Co. In the January 1946 issue me.’”
Yes, the facility Most construction and of The Catholic Worker, Thank you,
is riddled with contami- operation costs will Day strenuously ob- Dorothy. Thank you,
nants and needs to be never appear on a con- jected, “It is to be hoped Cherith Brook and all
closed and cleaned up. gressional budget. they are vaporized, our your friends. You point
No, we don’t The new KC Japanese brothers – scat- the way to peace.
want a new plant to re- Plant will be the first of tered, men, women and We invite everyone to
place the current plant. three sites for dramati- babies, to the four winds, attend our planning ses-
We repeatedly voiced cally expanding the U.S. over the seven seas. Per- sions for national gather-
our objections to the City nuclear arsenal. The haps we will breathe ings in KC this summer
Council, but it voted 11- other two sites, which their dust into our nos- to seek a nuke-free world
1 on Feb. 4 to approve produce explosive radio- trils, feel them in the fog and close the KC Plant.
the development plan for active materials, are Los of New York on our For more information
Brother Louis Rodeman from Holy Family
a new plant at Botts Alamos National Labora- faces, feel them in the call 913-206-4088.
Catholic Worker protests at the plant.

Talking Over the Back Fence


by Susan Lagergren, Cherith Brook Volunteer

My journey to even go out and train my But the Lord was leading could go for a shower? community meals. We through His world, one
Cherith Brook began in dogs every day! My me to where He wanted But what a great place to were both enthralled of love and peace and
the summer of 2007 due mind went on with limit- me to be throughout that find out about! Larry with this Catholic hospitality and joy shar-
to downsizing at the less possibilities as my year. I would like to stated it was down be- Worker house of hospi- ing. Jesus has opened not
company where I had husband said “You will think He was networking hind a barbershop named tality, the people and only a door to serve Him
worked. Some employ- be so bored you will for me. I was able to “Friendly’s” at 12th and their way of living and but a way to serve His
ees were offered posi- want to get a job after six meet several integral Benton. The hunt was their sharing in their Own. Of all the things in
tions in other cities but a months.” I assured him people that year that had on! The only barbershop community. Interest was life that I have done, I
number of us were of- that would not be the contacts to reach out to I could find was called peaked, so we had to go am finding that it is only
fered early retirement case. As I shared with both the mentally ill and Friedly’s at that location back. with God’s leading that I
due to our time and ser- my neighbor, the Lord the homeless for Christ. so I gave him a call. able to be fulfilled
vice with the company. I had so blessed me all of And along came “Yea, the shower place is ~~ through Him. As we at
was over elated!
One evening I
my life with a good job
and a family that has
Larry. My homeless
friend, Larry, has a cor-
right behind me.” Off
Brent and I went on a
Why do I Cherith Brook nourish
our many friends with
was talking with my
neighbor over the back
been well provided for.
I said Jesus has given me
ner in my neighborhood
so I started giving bags
mission to find this place
and visit City Union
come back food, protection from the
elements for a short time,
fence and she asked what so much, maybe it is of essentials and goodies Mission to see if there time and and provide showers and
I would be doing with time to give back to Him. to him or any other was anything else we clean clothing they are
my time. I had thought I had met Jesus on my homeless person I met. could put in our bags that again? nourishing us with their
selfishly about possibly terms for years, now it Brent, my friend, taught would be of value to the love and friendship. And
taking tap lessons on a would be on His me what to put in the people living on the ~~ any friendship based in
whim, or maybe I could terms! Christ took me bags and how to shop for Street. And along came Why do I come Jesus is also based in His
go on a trip somewhere I very seriously and them. When I ran across Eric. He explained the back time and again? I Love. It truly brings me
had always wanted to go grabbed hold of the Larry one morning and I concept of Cherith Brook have gotten to know and joy to be able to share
but never felt I had time reins! asked how he was doing to Brent and me and all care about my new with all who enter
(or the money and still The year of he said “Great! I had a the different things they friends, the Cherith Cherith Brook’s door. I
don’t!). Maybe I will just 2008, I spent most of my shower this morning!” do for their community: Brook residents and their only pray that each time
be pampered and get a time doing family duties This really took me by sack lunches on Friday Guests, I cling to the I see each person, I see
massage once a week with a sick father. Then surprise! Where was evenings, showers and hope that we can make a them with Jesus’ eyes
and learn yoga. I could my husband had a stroke. there a place anyone meals in the mornings, difference for Christ and and His love.
His children in our trek
Cherith Brook Lent 2010

WHAT THE CATHOLIC WORKER BELIEVES: PERSONALISM


by Nick Pickrell
EASY ESSAY me.” In this passage, it is and care. These tasks, Lines form and people gentle personalism Peter There is another
Feeding the Poor at revealed to us that we are just like any other, can have to continue to line Maurin talks about. This interesting common
indeed our brother’s be stripped of personal- up for each service they teaching comes in unex- thread to all of these sto-
a Sacrifice keeper—and that there ism and then be found need. Because of all pected ways, and if we ries. All of these dis-
are certain ramifications wearing the robe of bu- these lines there are rules are not attuned to it, plays of personalism
In the first centuries if we neglect this com- reaucracy. and policies in place in these moments will pass involved a person doing
of Christianity the hun- mand. If we look at each There is a man order to keep things run- us by. something more—
gry were fed at a per- individual phrase, we who panhandles in our ning smoothly. The Our friend something different—
sonal sacrifice, the na- notice something else as neighborhood named downside to all of this is Crystal is someone we than the usual. Even
ked were clothed at a well. Every single state- Bob. He sleeps most that it can be very easy to visit with regularly when though we offer people a
personal sacrifice, the ment in Matthew 25 per- nights in a tent nearby. never know anyone we are spending time on shower, a meal and some
homeless were shel- tains to services that re- On one particular eve- whom you are serving— the streets of the North- clothes, it is the “little
tered at a personal sac- quire the gift of time. We ning the temperature was which serves to perpetu- east. We usually hand things” that show our
rifice. cannot feed someone predicted to dip well ate the dehumanization out sack lunches and chat love for our guests.
who is hungry without below zero degrees, so of our friends who ex- a bit, but this time a vol- These small acts of
And because the poor taking the time to either we opened our home to perience life on the unteer of ours offered thoughtfulness tear down
were fed, clothed and cook or buy the food that him for the night. We streets. These people, our Crystal a tube of chap the social, economic, and
sheltered at a personal will fill our hungry stick after noticing her racial barriers that have
sacrifice, the pagans brother’s and sister’s cracked lips. Crystal’s been erected in our land,
used to say about the stomachs. It is also im- face lit up with delight and give birth to things
Christians “See how portant to note that there after receiving this unex- like family and comrad-
they love each other.” are no middlemen listed pected gift. There are ery.
in this passage. The also a number of our
In our own day the verse doesn’t read, “I friends from the streets ~~
poor are no longer
fed, clothed and shel-
was hungry and you gave
to the United Way.” I
who come to Cherith
Brook faithfully every
It is never the
tered at a personal sac-
rifice, but at the ex-
mean the United Way no
harm, but am raising the
morning to sit and relax,
but last week the whole
shelter, never
pense of the taxpayers. point that too often we room exploded with song the program
see practicing the works and laughter when Luis
And because the poor of mercy through the played La Bamba on the that restores
are no longer fed, lens of the dollar. We guitar.
clothed and sheltered freely give from our All of these humanity.
the pagans say about
the Christians “See
pocketbooks but let other
priorities prevent us from
stories—Bob and the
shelter, Crystal and the
~~
how they pass the It is never the shelter,
giving the gift of time chap stick, Luis and La
buck.” never the program that
talked about in Matthew. Bamba—have something
restores humanity. It is
in common. All of these
There is a line ~~ stories involve the unex-
the individual caring for
from one of Peter the individual that re-
Maurin’s Easy Essays Living at the pected. Crystal never
asked for the chap stick,
stores all of our human-
ity and creates commu-
that explains the title of
this article well. “The
Catholic Bob didn’t ask to stay at
our place and Luis was-
nity.
When we prac-
Catholic Worker believes
in the personal obligation
Worker 2ick rides his bike to pick up weekly grocery donations. n’t told to play La
tice personalism we no
Bamba. All of these acts
of looking after the needs doesn’t listened to him play gui- brothers and sisters, end of kindness burst forth
longer treat people as
objects to be prosely-
our brother.” I couldn’t tar and tell stories. Then up being treated like a because a person loved
have said it better; how- necessarily he began to speak about herd of cattle. another person so much
tized. We no longer
ever, understanding what make people our own
this means for our lives mean that we how he would rather
sleep outside than at a
The shelter,
however, is not the only
that they were compelled
to contribute to their
“fixer upper” projects.
We no longer ask, “Am I
is a more difficult task.
If we take a
have it local homeless shelter.
The reason, he said, is
place susceptible to this
dehumanizing, imper-
well-being. Another
my brother’s keeper?” as
word for this is thought-
look at the Final Judg- figured out that he doesn’t feel safe sonal way. Even at fulness. It is no different
Cain did. Instead, we
open our homes to one
ment passage found in or trusted there. “There’s Cherith Brook we battle than a child drawing
Matthew 25, we read either. too much red tape.” our own inclinations to something and giving it
another, sing songs for
one another, and give out
those recognizable The homeless treat this life of hospital- to their parents; no dif-
words, “I was hungry ~~ shelter Bob was referring ity and community like a ferent than a husband
tubes of chap stick. We
and you gave me some- Living at the to is a rather large estab- job—clocking in at nine say, “Peace to you,
attending a concert he
thing to eat, I was thirsty Catholic Worker doesn’t lishment—a one-stop and clocking out at five. brother. Peace to you,
may not enjoy because
and you gave me some- necessarily mean that we shop kind of place. They This happens despite us sister,” as we throw our
he knows his wife loves
thing to drink, I was a have this figured out do a beautiful thing by committing to remain arms around our friends
the band; no different
stranger and you invited either. Although we try offering temporary shel- small so we can truly who are the poor among
than a family who stays
me in, I needed clothes to offer hospitality daily ter to hundreds of people know our brothers and us. And by doing so,
day and night by a loved
and you clothed me, I through a shower, some every night. However, sisters. Thankfully, our maybe we will again
one’s bedside when he or
was sick and you looked clothes, or a simple because of the mass guests who come in for hear people say of the
she is ill. All of these
after me, I was in prison meal; this task can be amount of people need- showers each day teach Christian, “See how they
things involve love, time,
and you came to visit done without any love ing care, lines form. us the way to practice the love each other.”
family and sacrifice.
Cherith Brook Lent 2010
Cherith Brook Lent 2010

MELLOW YELLOW
by Josh Armfield

won’t see us drinking life that comes to flour- we are going to produce. are a part of it. In doing
bottled water around ish within it constitutes The mess that surrounds this we also create mean-
here. the first kind of commu- us, then, must be under- ingful work that needs to
“Grey Water” is nity.” We must see that stood not just as a prob- be done on the land, giv-
just one example of how we are responsible for lem in itself but as a ing people purpose.
we are trying to be con- what we put into our symptom of a greater and Our actions and
scious of our impact on water cycle and this wa- graver problem: the cen- our intentions here reach
the world. More impor- ter cycle reaches all over tralization of our econ- around the world. So at
tantly at Cherith Brook the world. omy, the gathering of the Cherith Brook we try to
we try hard to remember We must begin productive property and practice a ‘return to the
that we are stewards of to re-learn what it means power into fewer and land’ in the way that we
God’s green earth. We to live off the land. We fewer hands, and the choose to live, under-
try to remember that the cannot solve the prob- consequent destruction, standing that we are re-
choices that we make lems of pollution by sim- everywhere, of the local sponsible for the waste
here on 12th street not ply “going green”, which economies of household, that we create. After all,
only affect the land that has become just another neighborhood, and com- the ravens didn’t bring
we live on, but they also means of marketing to a munity.” Elijah food wrapped in
affect the world, espe- consumer economy. The plastic from the super-
cially concerning water. waste that pollutes our ~~ market. It is for these
During Peter Maurin’s
life he constantly called
streams is not going to
go away just by recy-
Living off the reasons we flush our
toilets with “Grey Wa-
FLOW: For the Love of Water is a documentary by
for a ‘return to the land’. cling or by buying or-
ganic produce. Instead it
land means ter”, we harvest the rain
water that falls on our
Irena Salina about the growing privatization of the ~~ is a much deeper solution understand- roofs into barrels for
world's dwindling fresh water supply with a focus
on politics, pollution, human rights, and the Much of our which demands a change
in lifestyle. We must see ing the
garden and cleaning use,
we grow food on our
emergence of a domineering world water cartel.
problems to- that the economic system
that is in place is as de- economy that lawn rather than mow it,
we compost, we ride
Here at Cherith control of water sources, day have to structive a pollutant as already exists bicycles, we hang our
Brook I rarely flush the bottle the water up, and anything. Wendell Berry clothes up to dry, we
toilet and I’ve grown make millions. do with the criticizes the industriali- in the home. don’t have air condition-
accustomed to telling (According to CBS zation of food and water ing, we use real plates
myself, “If it’s yellow, news, water is now a fact that most by saying, “We have ~~ and napkins not dispos-
let it mellow”. But don’t
worry, it’s not as bad as
$400 billion dollar indus-
try; the third largest be-
Westerners made a social ideal of
minimal involvement in
Living off the land
means understanding the
able, and so on. None-
theless, we continue to
it sounds. For as long as
I have lived here we
hind electricity and oil.)
So not only has industri-
are no longer the growing and cooking economy that already trust that God is provid-
of food. This is one of exists in the home. It ing for our needs.
have practiced a tech- alization reduced the connected to the dearest ‘liberations’ means depending on one “Then God saw
nique called “Grey Wa- clean water supply, but of our affluence. Never- another, the land, and everything that God had
ter”. Instead of flushing those still existing clean the land. theless, the more depend- God rather than on out- made, and indeed it was
the toilet, we collect the water sources are being ent we become on the very good.”
water that we use when privatized so that clean ~~ industries of eating and
side markets. It means
caring for the land be- ~Genesis 1:31
taking a shower in a water is no longer avail- Much of our problems drinking, the more waste cause we need it and we
bucket and use that to able to the public except today have to do with the
flush the toilet. This is for a price. In Bolivia, fact that most Westerners
just one way that we South America’s poorest are no longer connected
have learned to cut back country, a third of the to the land. The pollution
on our water use. We do people do not have ac- of our watershed does
this not just to save cess to clean drinking not cross most people’s
money on our water bill, water. In 2000, the water minds because, nowa-
but more so because we supply in Bolivia became days, water comes from
are aware that our ac- privatized and peasants, a faucet. Poet and Natu-
tions in our own home mostly Quechua Indians, ralist, Gary Snyder says,
affect communities on found that the water they “The water cycle in-
the other side of the had owned for centuries cludes our springs and
world. As waste pours was no longer theirs. wells, our Sierra snow
into the world’s streams Because they were not pack, our irrigation ca-
and rivers, Industrializa- able to afford the price of nals, our car wash, and
tion has caused many clean water, most were the spring salmon run.
communities around the forced to drink water It’s the spring peeper in
globe to no longer have from sources that were the pond and the acorn
access to clean drinking known to be contami- woodpecker chattering in
water. Thus water has nated. Meanwhile, the a snag. The watershed is
become a profitable re- average American uses beyond the dichotomies
source, and corporations 150 gallons of water per of orderly/disorderly, for
are beginning to take day. Needless to say, you its forms are free, but
somehow inevitable. The We harvest rain water from our roofs for garden and cleaning use.
Cherith Brook Lent 2010

HOUSE 2OTES Vision of Hope


by Jodi Garbison by Brian Hoover

Praise God! We up this way: “We are munal living and nurtur- Lenten journey, we hope You came to see and began to pray; You
have started a new year really good at spending ing each other is as im- it to be more than just me in my darkest hour; spoke my name and I
together! Part of our time with ‘aunts’, portant as offering hospi- “forty days of penance” You appeared as a bright didn’t know what to say.
yearly practice is to con- ‘uncles’, ‘second cous- tality to Christ who but life transforming. light and spoke with Then you ap-
sider and renew our ins’ and whoever comes comes in the guise of a Below you will find a power. peared in a bright light;
covenant to God and to to the door, but we strug- stranger. It is hard to copy of the covenant we I had lost faith I reached for my Bible
each other as we strive to gle to spend time with pare back. It is hard to are committing to this and worried the whole and held it tight.
live out our discipleship the immediate family”. If say ‘no’ to something year. Pray for us as we day; Because of a few You said, “My
here at Cherith Brook. every meal feels like a that has been integral to try to live faithfully. simple words the judge dear son, why do you
We covenant together, family reunion, espe- the community thus far. Thank you for the ways had to say. worry so? I was there
not just for the challenge cially one that we host, However, a ‘yes’ to too you have been faithful to I was alone and with you; I never let go.”
to see if we can “make we rarely have the op- much is in essence a ‘no’ us through various ways scared of what they I’ve given you
it”, but because we truly portunity to connect with to meeting the needs of of support – friendship, might do; I prayed the freedom; just look within
believe that what we are one another on a more the 10 of us who have prayer, donations and whole time and needed to and see. Love, faith,
signing on for is good. personal level. We are committed to this par- volunteering! hear from you. hope. Yes it all comes
For the last potentially missing the ticular place for this spe- I hoped to be from me.
three months we have chance to share burdens cific time. freed and released from So as the tears
been discerning our and to get to know each We are excited this time; But for reasons began to cease, I lay
covenant together for other better. Because of to see how this works. unknown this day wasn’t awake hours later with a
this next year. We have this and because we want We hope this covenant mine. new sense of peace.
reflected on the previous to create the opportunity proves to be more than a So I lay on my So now as I
year together, spent time for intimacy and deeper test of endurance but bunk back in my room; I pray each and every day,
in prayer, gone on retreat dependency on one an- rather a guide to a year really needed to pray I look for the light and
and had many discus- other, we are paring back rich in intimacy and and it had to be soon. I’ll know what to say.
sions. Through this dis- on some of the many growth. We pray it will I asked, “Dear
cernment process we things that make us feel be full of glimpses of Lord, What could have Brian’s mother, Belinda
realized that very little of splintered and cause us God’s beloved commu- gone wrong? I faced it Clevenger, submitted
our weekly schedule is to work alone. We are nity because we receive like you said and tried to this after the death of
devoted to time together. trying to create space so mercy and extend grace be strong.” Brian’s wife, Diana. She
One among us summed it our commitment to com- more deeply. Like the So as I knelt thanks Cherith Brook for
Diana & Jodi Garbison their love & support.

Covenant for 2010 ~ Cherith Brook Catholic Worker


Josh Armfield, Sarah Cool, Eric Garbison, Jodi Garbison,
Nick Pickrell, Steve Sheridan, Micah Waters
1. We commit to a life of discipleship, following Jesus, cross bearing, acting on our reflections and reflecting on our actions. “If any want to become my followers, let them deny
themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
2. We commit our daily lives to practicing hospitality: Listening for the knock and looking for the face of Jesus in stranger and friend, while receiving from them God’s welcome
of us. “When you did it to the least of these my sisters and brothers, you did it to me.”
3. We commit our daily lives to pursing the nonviolence of God’s Shalom embodied in Jesus’ life, teachings, death and resurrection. We will pursue the peace struggle with our-
selves, each other, and our enemies, in our neighborhood, our city, our country and our world. “Love your enemies...Overcome evil with good.”
4. We commit to the journey of forgiveness in all relationships, striving toward reconciliation in ways that recognize the differences in each person. “Be kind to one another, ten-
der-hearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.”
5. We commit to common living. “All who believed were together and had all things in common…”

• We will play and celebrate together;


• We will share in the work of the house;
• We will eat together at agreed upon times.
• We will worship together.
• We will practice a weekly prayer rhythm and encourage personal prayer, reflection and solitude.
• We will live locally, present to our neighborhood and community.
• We will make decisions by consensus, striving for full agreement.
• We will practice Sabbath rhythms—creating space for rest, prayer, solitude and reflection.
• We will hold our finances and resources in common.
• We will work 20 hours our less outside the community.

6. We commit to prayerful discernment: listening to God and to each other, listening to scripture and trusting in the presence of the Spirit in our lives.
7. We commit to being servants of creation, caring for the earth and her resources, reducing our dependence on technology, rejecting the busyness of modern city life, and return-
ing to the garden of God’s intentions. “And God saw that it was good…very good.”
8. We commit to living at a personal economic sacrifice: trusting daily for God’s provision, sharing freely and living simply. There are many ways of resisting the idolatries of
capitalism. Communal living is the way we are called. “Give us this day our daily bread.”
9. In summary, we commit to shaping our lifestyles around Jesus and his manifesto in the Sermon on the Mount, living in expectation of his return.
Cherith Brook Lent 2010

Cherith Brook
Catholic Worker

3308 E. 12th Street


Kansas City, MO 64127
(816) 241-8047
cherithbrookkcmo@yahoo.com
www.cherithbrookkc.blogspot.com

Our Schedule Who Are We?


SHOWERS M, T, TH, F 8am-2oon Community—Cherith Brook is a residential Christian community committed to
PRAYERS M, W, F 6:30-7am sharing table fellowship with strangers, and all our resources with one an-
COMMU2ITY MEAL TH 5-7pm other. We have found our inspiration from the early church, the Church of the
FRIDAY NIGHT SHARING 1st, 3rd & 5th FRI 2-5 pm Savior, and the Catholic Worker.
GARDE2 WORK 2nd & 4th FRI 2-5pm
SACRAMENTS Monthly, 2nd SUN 6:30 pm Mercy—Our daily lives are structured around practicing the works of mercy as
WOME2’S DAY Monthly, Last WED 11:30am-2pm found in Jesus’ teachings. We are committed to regularly feeding the hungry,
HAIRCUTS Monthly, 2nd SAT 9-11am clothing the naked, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming the stranger, visit-
GROUP WORKDAY Monthly, 2nd SAT 9am-1pm ing 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

Upcoming Events 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 bro-
ken—can come to learn and relearn the ways of Jesus; a place to struggle
April 23—26 MW CW Resistance Retreat @ Chicago, IL together for God’s call of love, mercy, peace and justice.
The Cost of War & Occupation: At Home & Abroad

May 7 @ 7pm Clarification Meeting


Worship as Warfare, Dr. Rodney Reeves

July 12—25 Closed for work projects & vacations


Please let us know if you would like to help with
projects during this time.

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