Monday, October 18, 2010

Works of Mercy and Clarification of Thought

The work of a lifetime, even beyond the CW movement...

[Peter Maurin, co-founder of The Catholic Worker] called people to remember the tradition of the Church -- the works of mercy, personal involvement with the poor, and the importance of justice for all. Dorothy and Peter proposed a three point program: Houses of Hospitality (shelters and soup kitchens), clarification of thought (via discussions and publishing a newspaper), and farming communities, all based in the social teaching of the Church.

Together, they started a newspaper, the Catholic Worker, and shortly thereafter, a soup kitchen and the first "House of Hospitality". Today, there are more than 130 Catholic Worker houses throughout the world, each one autonomous, but all inspired by Dorothy and Peter's original vision of working to build a society where it was easier to be good. Before he died, Cardinal O'Connor of New York began the process to canonize her as a saint. [Source:]

"It's what you learn after you know it all that counts," someone has said. Learning, the clarification and refining of thought is the process of a lifetime. Every thinker knows this to be true. Yet in politics and religion many are loathe to admit this obvious truth, very often in spite of the evolution in their own thinking over time.

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty"---Henry Ford

"Give me a fruitful error any time, full of seeds, bursting with its own corrections." ---Vilfredo Pareto

"Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back"---Chinese Proverb

"Education consists mainly of what we have unlearned" ---Mark Twain

"Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere" ---Chinese Proverb

"The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live" ---Mortimer Adler

"Learning without thought is labor lost" ---Confucius

--->Update: Feeding the shadows: my time at a NYC Catholic Worker house By Linda LeTendre...

See also: Yes, I Like You; Yes, In Your Own Way Your Are Truly Fascinating; But No, Sorry, I Don't Want to Marry You...

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