St. Dorothy Day, Now More Than Ever

Catholic and Enjoying It! | 8/18/2018 | Staff
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Ol’ Dot’s canonization is still active, and we have never needed a saint like her more: a woman at once deeply Catholic, deeply counter-cultural, and deeply American in the very best sense of the word. And she was a tough broad who didn’t hold with the celebrity stuff, as every real saint always does.

She was fierce advocate for the least of these who didn’t fall for the Judas Iscariot line about stripping the Churches of beauty and giving the few measly bucks to the poor because she understood that meant taking beauty away from every beggar who could walk into St. Patrick’s Cathedral for free and putting it in a rich man’s private collection or a museum where only the wealthy could see it.

Schism - Piety - Core - Faith - Duty

She refused to indulge the schism between those who thought piety the core of the faith and those who thought our duty to the least of these the core of the Faith. It never occurred to her to pit going to Mass against working in a soup kitchen, or saying the Rosary against fighting for migrant workers. If she were alive today, she would be at the border with imprisoned families, washing their feet, saying the Rosary, and celebrating Mass right alongside them.

She understood that the power and the glory and riches of the Church were found where...
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