School of Radical Christianity

We dropped in on the folks at Holy Family Catholic Worker House today.  If you don’t know much about the Catholic Worker Movement or it’s founder Dorthy Day, I encourage you to check them out.  Her solidarity with the poor brought on much persecution here in the United States.  She was hated for advocating socialist ideals, she was arrested for protesting women being excluded from voting, and for protesting both European wars.

The “Holy House” as it is known in the neighborhood, was a peaceful, welcoming place.  The rythms of life seem simpler, smoother, and in a lot of ways easier, although life in a working poor neighborhood can obviously have it’s difficulties.  The house opens it’s doors 4 times a week to anyone who is interested in coming for breakfast, and 6 times a week for dinner.  They have designed and intentional times for community, for prayer, for spending time together in service, and all of it based on the Gospel.  There website says it best:

We live, in community, a simply lifestyle and are about a ministry of specific works of mercy and works of justice.  Community and ministry are necessarily integrated elements of living at Holy Family House.  Part of the on-going purpose of Catholic Worker, by tradition, is to be a “school of radical Christianity, an invitation to know, through experience, the Gospel Jesus, who chose to become like, be with and for the poor.”

I saw this quote today while I was there and I can only hope that we as Christians, and specifically we as Mustard Seed Ministries can, through Christ, be able to do this:

Where there is discord, may we bring harmony.

Where there is error, may we bring truth.

Where there is doubt, may we bring faith.

Where there is despair, may we bring hope.

St. Francis of Assisi

Andy for Mustard Seed Ministries

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