Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dorothy Day

The impossible saint.
I call her the impossible saint because of the sense I have of a smothering traditionalism encroaching upon  the Church - many think she's too liberal to be canonized.  But that is not true - consider that Catherine of Genoa had been canonized in her day - a woman as Traditional and liberal as Dorothy.  Indeed, Dorothy Day continues to speak in our day - rare interview videos have surfaced on Youtube - well worth your time to watch and listen.  Go here to Vox Nova to view.
Thanks to Western Confucian for the link.
...Better Or Better Off
1. The world would be better off,
if people tried
to become better.
2. And people would
become better
if they stopped trying
to be better off.
3. For when everybody tries
to become better off,
nobody is better off.
4. But when everybody tries
to become better,
everybody is better off.
5. Everybody would be rich
if nobody tried
to be richer.
6. And nobody would be poor
if everybody tried
to be the poorest.
7. And everybody would be
what he ought to be
if everybody tried to be
what he wants
the other fellow to be. - Peter Maurin, protege of Dorothy Day


  1. I ask for her intercession frequently. She is a saint, canonized or not. How eastern of me.

  2. Dorothy Day started me on my journey back home to the Church after I read a book of her essays. I'd been gone 25 years. I like to say I came back to the Church through the door on the left.
    She'll always be a saint to me.

  3. I've never seen her interviewed---did you notice how sober she was when being introduced? No large smile, etc!
    Off to watch them all...
    thanks for linking to this, T.

  4. Terry: Thanks. The tapes were interesting. She certainly was a mysterious creature, wasn't she? I like what she said: " Lord, what would you have me do". Such a help. Impt to remember in prayer.


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