Easy Essays

Easy Essays I first met Peter in December when George Shuster then editor of The Commonweal later president of Hunter College urged him to get into contact with me because our ideas were so similar bot

  • Title: Easy Essays
  • Author: Peter Maurin Fritz Eichenberg
  • ISBN: 9781608990627
  • Page: 193
  • Format: Paperback
  • Easy Essays

    I first met Peter in December, 1932, when George Shuster, then editor of The Commonweal, later president of Hunter College, urged him to get into contact with me because our ideas were so similar, both our criticism of the social order and our sense of personal responsibility in doing something about it It was not that the world was too much with us as we felt that GodI first met Peter in December, 1932, when George Shuster, then editor of The Commonweal, later president of Hunter College, urged him to get into contact with me because our ideas were so similar, both our criticism of the social order and our sense of personal responsibility in doing something about it It was not that the world was too much with us as we felt that God did not intend things to be as bad as they were We believed that in the Cross was joy of Spirit We knew that due to original sin, all nature travailleth and groaneth even until now, but also believed, as Juliana of Norwich said, that the worst had already happened, i.e the Fall, and that Christ had repaired that happy fault In other words, we both accepted the paradox which is Christianity Peter s teaching was simple, so simple, as one can see from these phrased paragraphs, these Easy Essays, as we have come to call them, that many disregarded them It was the sanctity of the man that made them dynamic Although he synopsized hundreds of books for all of us who were his students, and that meant thousands of pages of phrased paragraphs, these essays were his only original writings, and even during his prime we used them in the paper just as he did in speaking, over and over again He believed in repeating, in driving his point home by constant repetition, like the dropping of water on the stones which were our hearts Dorothy Day

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    1. P

      In the pages of the Catholic Worker, Peter Maurin published hundreds of these deceptively simple essays in verse, highly repetitious and syllogistic so as to be digestible by the common man. The principle themes include: (1) usury is bad, probably the most pernicious development in Western history; (2) there is no fundamental distinction between bourgeois capitalism and statist Communism: they’re both materialist, secularist, and totalitarian in nature; (3) that lay American Catholics have aba [...]

    2. George Donigian

      Maurin, co-founder with Dorothy Day of the Catholic Worker Movement, wrote multiple essays dealing with matters of justice and faith. His writing style is simple, though the implications of his message are not so simple. While Maurin died in 1949, his concerns feel very contemporary. Eminently quotable.

    3. Elyse Hayes

      Wonderful, refreshing little book. Not so much essays as groups of bullet points (sort of like Power Point slides!). He gets right to the point, criticizing our society, and the points he made in 1936 are still valid today. Pithy remarks about governments, politicians, and human foibles. I hope some disaffected millennials will read this, because I think they would find a writer sympathetic to their frustrations with the world as it is. God bless Peter Maurin, and God bless the Catholic Worker m [...]

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