Peter Maurin was a co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement. He came from French peasant stock to become an intellectual kindred spirit to Dorothy Day, who called him a modern-day Saint Francis. His “Easy Essays” — droll philosophical nuggets of wisdom — laid down much of the movement’s ideological foundation. Here, for example, he summarizes quite nicely What the Catholic Worker Believes.
1. The Catholic Worker believes in the gentle personalism of traditional Catholicism. 2. The Catholic Worker believes in the personal obligation of looking after the needs of our brother. 3. The Catholic Worker believes in the daily practice of the Works of Mercy. 4. The Catholic Worker believes in Houses of Hospitality for the immediate relief of those who are in need. 5. The Catholic Worker believes in the establishment of Farming Communes where each one works according to his ability and gets according to his need. 6. The Catholic Worker believes in creating a new society within the shell of the old with the philosophy of the new, which is not a new philosophy but a very old philosophy, a philosophy so old that it looks like new. From the website CatholicWorker.org