Cahiers Péguy


Peter Maurin on Charles Péguy and Emmanuel Mounier

Posted by Fred

A New Movement

The Nazis, the Fascists

and the Bolsheviks

are Totalitarians.

The Catholic Worker

is Communitarian.

The principles of


are expounded every month

in the French magazine Esprit

(the Spirit).

Emmanuel Mounier,

editor of the magazine,

has a book entitled

La Revolution Personnaliste et

Communitaire .

Emmanuel Mounier

wrote a book entitled

A Personalist Manifesto.

Emmanuel Mounier

has been influenced

by Charley Péguy.

Charles Péguy once said:

“There are two things

in the world:

politics and mysticism.”

For Charles Péguy

as well as Mounier,

politics is the struggle for power

while mysticism

is the realism

of the spirit.

For the man-of-the-street


is just politics

and mysticism

is the right spirit.

In his Personalist Manifesto

Mounier tries to explain

what the man-of-the street

calls “the right spirit.”

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Péguy: Poet of Work

Posted by clairity

Since Webster has brought up Péguy, the neglected inspirer here, I offer this article I wrote 20 years ago for the CL Magazine briefly published in the US.  I met Péguy earlier, as a teenager, intrigued that God might have an issue with insomniacs, and later stalked the blue hardcover volume God Speaks at the Green Apple bookstore in San Francisco until I could come up with the $20 to bring it home.

There is nothing in the world better than the life of an honest man. There is nothing better than the baked bread of daily duties…. Above all, let us cling to this treasure of the humble, to this sort of implied joy which is the flower of life, this kind of healthy gaiety which is virtue itself and more virtuous than virtue itself (“The Humanities”).

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Charles Péguy: The Beginning of an Inquiry

Posted by Webster Bull

It has occurred to me, not unreasonably, that if I write for a blog entitled “Cahiers Péguy,” I should know what the title means. Cahiers, I already knew, is the French word for notebooks or journals. But Péguy? Except as a repeated reference in works by Luigi Giussani—like Leopardi or Guardini—I knew nothing about this name. So a few weeks back, I set out to know something. I am a slow learner and a slower reader, but I have now assembled an initial set of impressions, which I hope will be the start of a series of posts and of some interest to readers.

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