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Dorothy Day’s Reflections on Advent

Advent is a time of waiting, of expectation, of silence.  Waiting for our Lord to be born. A pregnant woman is so happy, so content. She lives in such a garment of silence, and it is as though she were listening to hear the stir of life within her. One always hears the stirring compared… continue reading

“Take Away My Heart Of Stone and Give Me a Heart Of Flesh”

I picked up Thomas Merton’s last book, Contemplative Prayer, which I am starting to read, and the foreword by our good Quaker friend Douglas Steere brought back to my memory a strange incident in my life. He quotes William Blake: “We are put on earth for a little space that we may learn to bear… continue reading

The Great Mystery of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ

“The great mystery of the Incarnation,” Dorothy Day said as she spoke about the inspiration for the daily life of those in the Catholic Worker movement, “which meant that God became man that man might become God, was a joy that made us want to kiss the earth in worship, because His feet once trod… continue reading

Dorothy Day on Love: The Mystery of the Poor

It is most surely an exercise of faith for us to see Christ in each other. But it is through such exercise that we grow and the joy of our vocation assures us we are on the right path. On Easter Day, on awakening late after the long midnight services in our parish church, I… continue reading

Dorothy Day on the Atom Bomb at Hiroshima

Reprinted on the sixtieth anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb. Mr. Truman was jubilant. President Truman. True man; what a strange name, come to think of it. We refer to Jesus Christ as true God and true Man. Truman is a true man of his time in that he was jubilant. He was… continue reading

Dorothy Day on Love, Sexuality, Marriage and Pedophilia

I have just read a review of the Kinsey report, which appeared in the spring number of Politics. . .. Here are some of the things I was thinking about the book. In the first place, I remembered how I came across Havelock Ellis’s Sexual Pathology at the age of seventeen, in the home of a… continue reading

Saint Juan Diego

Dorothy Day wrote these reflections on the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to Juan Diego after a pilgrimage to the Basilica in Mexico City. It was in 1531 that Our Lady appeared to the Indian Juan Diego (his Spanish name given him at his baptism.) There were not many Catholics then among the Indians,… continue reading

Room for Christ

It is no use saying that we are born two thousand years too late to give room to Christ. Nor will those who live at the end of the world have been born too late. Christ is always with us, always asking for room in our hearts. But now it is with the voice of our contemporaries that… continue reading

St. Francis of Assisi Model for Personalism, Poverty and Pacifism of the Catholic Worker Movement: Why Write about Strife and Violence?

We wish to arouse those indifferent Catholics to the crying need of the day–the need of a return to the spirit of Franciscan poverty and charity. Those comfortable people, too, who do not realize the unfairness of this existing order, need to be told of existing conditions. They are too apt to see things from… continue reading

St. Francis of Assisi Model for Pacifism of the Catholic Worker Movement Fight War and Conscription

To fight war we must fight conscription, the acceptance of conscription. To this fight THE CATHOLIC WORKER PLEDGES ITSELF AS LONG AS WE ARE PERMITTED TO EXIST. We must face the fact that conscription of the press and the radio, also is what we have to look forward to. If we oppose government measures our… continue reading