It is thought that we are a continuation of the "Back to the Land" movement of approximately 100 years ago, spearheaded by Fr. Vincent McNabb in Great Britain. His book The Church and the Land is still available. G.K. Chesterton and a number of other notable Roman Catholics contributed to this movement in their writings.
Recommended Reading on the History and Charism of Plain Catholics
The Church and the Land
By: Fr. Vincent McNabb, OP; Christendom College, Dr. William Fahey (Preface)
Flee to the Fields: The Founding Fathers of the Catholic Land Movement
By: University of South Carolina, Dr. Tobias Lanz (Preface)
By Catherine De Hueck Doherty
Self-Abandonment to Divine Providence
By Father Jean-Pierre De Caussade, S.J.
Fr. De Caussade’s is a book for all those who in the words of St. Benedict, “Truly seek God”. He effectively synthesizes both Salesian and Carmelite traditions in this book, which is comprised of his letters and dialogues on prayer. Fr. Caussade refers to the Salesian teaching of self-abandonment and simplicity, and the Carmelite emphasis on grace as a dynamic force that enlightens and cleanses the soul. When speaking of death to self, he refers to “abandonment” “trust” and “acquiescence”. He impresses upon the reader, that abandonment may be taught and practiced by repeated acts. It is the duty of every Christian to acquire this virtue.
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