Dorothy Day

“I try to think back; I try to remember this life that the Lord gave me; the other day I wrote down the words ‘a life remembered’ and I was going to try to make a summary for myself, but I couldn’t do it.  I just sat there and thought of our Lord, and I said to myself that my great luck was to have him on my mind for so long in my life.”

“But more and more I see that prayer is the answer, it is the clasp of the hand, the joy and keen delight in the consciousness of the Other. Indeed, it is like falling in love.”

“I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.”

“You will know your vocation by the joy that it brings you. You will know. You will know when it’s right.”

“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart.”

Dorothy Day (1897 –1980) was an American journalist, social activist, and devout Catholic convert. In the 1930s with Peter Maurin she established the Catholic Worker, a newspaper to publicize Catholic social teaching. The newspaper criticised the economic system and supported organisations that were attempting to create a more equal society. It also argued that the Catholic Church should be a pacifist organization. They believed way of Peace was at the heart of the Gospel. The Catholic Worker became a vehicle for creating a national movement. By 1936 there were 33 Catholic Worker Houses spread out across the country. These were charitable, self-help communities for people suffering the effects of the Depression. Day was also a supporter of women’s suffrage and black civil rights, involved in the campaign against nuclear weapons and an end to the Vietnam War.


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