Quotations about Dorothy Day
have never known anyone, not even in monasteries, who was more of a praying
person than Dorothy Day. When I think of her, I think of her first of
all on her knees praying before the Blessed Sacrament. I think of those
long lists of names she kept of people, living and dead, to pray for.
I think of her at Mass, I think of her praying the rosary, I think of
her going off for Confession each Saturday evening...
"Dorothy Day has been designated the lay person of the century by a panel
of Church historians and theologians. Asked to select laity who made the
Church better or lived their faith in exemplary ways during the past 100
years, Dorothy Day was their top pick. She was singled out for her pacifism,
rejection of abortion, and social consciousness which inspired others
to follow her example." -- Dorothy
Day Library on the Web
many people came to her funeral at Nativity Church in New York City that
many had to stand outside on the sidewalk. During her life, Dorothy Day
refused to let people "dismiss her as a saint" (Eileen Egan, Dorothy Day
and the Permanent Revolution, p. 19). At her death, many of her admirers
used the word openly. A "permanent revolution" had been initiated by Dorothy's
leadership, grounded in the Sermon on the Mount for which she had "prayed,
spoken, written, fasted, protested, suffered humiliation and gone to prison"
before her death November 29, 1980, Day found herself regarded by many
as a saint. No words of hers are better known than her brusque response,
"Don't call me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed so easily." Nonetheless,
having herself treasured the memory and witness of many saints, she is
a candidate for inclusion in the calendar of saints. The Claretians have
launched an effort to have her canonized." -- Dorothy Day
Quotations from Dorothy Day
"The mystery of the poor is this: That they are Jesus, and what you do
for them you do for Him. It is the only way we have of knowing and believing
in our love. The mystery of poverty is that by sharing in it, making ourselves
poor in giving to others, we increase our knowledge of and belief in love."
Mystery of the Poor
who cannot see the face of Christ in the poor are atheists indeed." --
quoted in "What
I learned about justice from Dorothy Day
“I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions”
Resources on Dorothy Day
The links on Dorothy Day given above as well as several others can be
found on one of the pages of my Web site. Click here to see this page.