Today is the birthday of Dorothy Day, a personal saint of mine, and one entry on the list of people I wish I could have dinner with. I think we would eat soup and good bread.
For those who do not know more about her, here is a lovely introduction to her life story:
“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”
“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community.”
“Don't worry about being effective. Just concentrate on being faithful to the truth.”
“I really only love God as much as I love the person I love the least.”
“Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system.”
“You will know your vocation by the joy that it brings you. You will know. You will know when it's right.”
“The Gospel takes away our right forever, to discriminate between the deserving and the undeserving poor.”
She shares a birthday with the anniversary of Kristallnacht. I am thankful that on such a dark and dreadful anniversary, we have Dorothy to celebrate as well, to raise up as an answer to the suffering and evil in the world.
Thank you Dorothy.
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