The ninth chapter of The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace contains Dorothy Day‘s short 1942 essay Our Country Passes from Undeclared War to Declared War; We continue our Christian Pacifist Stand. This essay is the sequel to last week’s pre-WWII essay Pacifism.
From its title onward, the essay is directed to a Christian audience as it opens with “Dear fellow workers in Christ” The prior essay quoted the Pope. This essay quotes a priest named Father Orchard for 5 paragraphs.
This essay seems to refer to Christian imagery more to reassure Day herself of the righteous of her non-collaboration with the war efforts than to convince her audience. It is clear from the essay that Day’s work has suffered greatly from her pacifist stand in the face of overwhelming US support for entering the war: Continue reading Dorothy Day’s Christian Pacifist Stand against US entry into WWII
The eighth chapter of The Power of Nonviolence: Writings by Advocates of Peace contains Dorothy Day‘s short 1936 essay Pacifism. This essay was written three years after she co-founded the pacifist Catholic Worker newspaper, and two years after Hitler was appointed Fuhrer.
Just as the newspaper was founded in response to the constant threat of war breaking out in Europe, the essay made a direct argument against US involvement in European military matters. She starts the essay with a pronouncement:
The Catholic Worker is sincerely a pacifist paper.
Continue reading Dorothy Day’s Pacifism
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing by Johnny Mathis is the Royal Peace Song of the Day for Friday, August 26, 2011. It was the wedding song of both the Duke and the Duchess’ parents. The song was also played at the Duke and Duchess’ own wedding. Between earthquakes and hurricanes, it is good to take a moment to celebrate love.
[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FIOJVekgUg4] Continue reading Old Fashioned Love: Peace Song for 8/26/2011