Peter Maurin

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Peter Maurin

•Born in France, on May 9, 1877. Died in New York, on May 15, 1949.•At 16 he entered the Christian Brothers.•For ten years, Maurin was not a practicing Catholic because he believed "I was not living as a Catholic should.” •In the mid-1920s, Maurin experienced a religious conversion. and after he began on his Easy Essays.•Peter first met Dorothy Day in December 1932.•Maurin suggested that Day start a newspaper to publicize Catholic social teaching and encourage steps to make a peaceful change of society.•Together, they started The Catholic Worker, on May 1, 1933 the first issue was released.•Maurin traveled a lot and gave lectures at parishes, colleges, and meetings across the country. •In 1944, Maurin started to lose his memory and his condition got worse until his death.

•Helped to unite people through different activities. •Provided discussions of Christian social thought, opened houses, and founded independent farming communities.•Became a principal center for Christian nonviolence and unity in the United States.

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"Christianity is the meeting-point of earth and heaven. It lays claim to the whole man, body and soul, intellect and will, inducing him to raise his mind above the changing conditions of this earthly existence and reach upwards for the eternal life of heaven, where one day he will find his unfailing happiness and peace."

"The future will be different if we make the present different."

•Peter Maurin was a significant voice for all Christians. •He wanted to help all people in a time of need. By making village economies, crafts, farming, and a personal way of life could be the main focuses. •This would cause a foundation for a devoted religious lives which was centered in simplicity, prayer, and sharing. Maurin wanted everyone to live in harmony with each other and worship together in community. All of which Maurin called voluntary poverty.•Peter Maurin wanted God and religion to be the main focuses on people's lives and wanted to share this message with all poeple.

“Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”

Matthew 6:2-4

MATER ET MAGISTRAPOPE JOHN XXIII MAY 15, 1961

By: Malia Gutierrez

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