“Work for the Lord with untiring effort and with great earnestness of spirit; If you have hope, this will make you cheerful. Do not give up if trials come; and keep on praying. If any of the saints are in need you must share with them; and you should make hospitality your special care.” (Romans 12: 11)
Resistance to the Empire continues at 545 Cassia St. in Redwood City, Calif. In the name of LIFE we continue with God’s grace and your support to feed, clothe, shelter, and educate the very very poor in the name of Christ. The poor include among others: ‘at risk’ youth, immigrants learning English, women addicts coming out of jail, men coming out of San Quentin, the homeless who live in tents and bushes and doorways, day laborers (both men & women) and many many more. In addition to feeding, clothing, sheltering and educating the poor, we ask a fundamental question: Why are so many so poor in the richest country in the history of life? We believe that our system of life (a war economy, for example) creates winners (the rich) and losers (the poor). And therefore we resist.
Some of the symptoms of our resistance are:
- No one gets paid to work at the Catholic Worker and no one is charged anything for the food, clothing, housing and education we share. We try to become “go givers” rather than “go getters.”
- We are not a 501-3 tax exempt organization. We are a not-for-profit Christian family where “love is the answer.” We have coffee and meals together rather than meetings.
- Susan and Larry will go to court with 9 other non-violent resisters for our arraignment on June 24th. This results from a protest at Lockheed in Sunnyvale which is the largest weapons contractor in the world. When we spend ½ of our national budget on weapons, wars and veterans, it is impossible to fund schools, housing, and transportation – let alone protect the climate.
- We make money the old fashion way; we beg for it!! And we live like kings with all of our basic bills paid for by others. We also refuse government financial support for anything we do.
In addition to the above forms of resistance, this summer Susan will return to Germany (her 3rd trip) to protest the presence of U.S. nuclear weapons on German soil. The USA has ratified the nuclear non-proliferation treaty that clearly prohibits sharing nuclear technology or weapons with non-nuclear nations like Germany.
When all is said and done, our lives are a series of symbolic actions:
- At Mass, we celebrate “come union” and declare we are all one body. It is symbolic. We have a long, long ways to go and “love is the answer.”
- At the Catholic Worker House, we try to symbolically live as if people are all that matter. We definitely have a long way to go.
- In the Peace Movement, we symbolically try to end war and live in peace. Clearly we are a tad off the mark.
As we live our lives at the Catholic Worker House, it is more important for us to be faithful than it is to be successful. Symbols matter. Jesus showed us that and gave us the WAY.
Peace and gratitude,
Larry for all of us.
- Food in any amount.
- Household needs: laundry detergent, dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels, PineSol, Simple Green, light bulbs, cleanser, periodic use of someone’s swimming pool to teach our younger guests to swim. Call Susan or Larry (650) 366-4415.
- Shower Program: foot powder, deodorant, toothbrushes, towels, cell phones, radios, haircut kit, volunteers for our foot hygiene & hair cutting program for the homeless, gas cards, gift cards, tents, sleeping bags, socks etc.
- Day Laborers: If you need domestic workers or housecleaners, the day labor program is expanding to include women. They also have men of all trades. Call (650) 339-2794.
- A house or money to buy a house for a new Catholic Worker Center. Call Larry for a free cup of coffee (650) 366-4415.
- Your ongoing love and support. During the summer we still have bills; but as friends go on vacation, support vanishes. We continue to offer $2,000 college scholarships and Susan’s budget for her month and a half protest in Germany is $1,500.