1 May (1933) is also when Servant of God Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin founded the Catholic Worker Movement, which has persisted, as much as existed, ever since. It is a Catholic movement that needs to be better known and its principles, which are the principles of the Church's social magisterium, more fully embraced and lived out by Catholics, especially in the United States.
What we would like to do is change the world--make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended them to do. And, by fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, the poor, of the destitute--the rights of the worthy and the unworthy poor, in other words--we can, to a certain extent, change the world; we can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around the world. We repeat, there is nothing we can do but love, and, dear God, please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbor, to love our enemy as our friend- Dorothy DayIn honor of today, our Friday traditio is REM's "Finest Work Song," which was the first song on their outstanding Document album:
You'd better best to rearrange
I'm talking here to me alone
I listen to the finest worksong