Monday, November 28, 2005

In Remembrance

This is a week of many remembrances.

Tomorrow, November 29th, marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of Dorothy Day. Pacifist and advocate for the poor and marginalized, Dorothy Day is known as co-founder of "The Catholic Worker" movement.

While there are many now well-known people who made a preferential option for the poor, Dorothy Day stands out among them for a number of reasons. First and foremost, living as simply as she did and doing so by choice was about as countercultural as one could imagine. She espoused real world poverty and made it "holy" by her love for those who possessed the least in the eyes of the world. Simultaneously she recognized the intrinsic and inherent link between peace and justice and sought to illuminate the darkness that peacelessness, injustice, and war flooded upon the world one life at a time.

At our parish Church tomorrow evening, the Liturgy Committee together with the parish chapter of Pax Christi (Credo Pax Christi="I believe in the peace of Christ") will gather for Evening Prayer followed by a Candlight Vigil for Peace and a Litany of Peace for the People of the World.

Join us from wherever you are in recommitting ourselves to peace and justice in the worlds in which we "live, move, and have our Being."

For more on the life of Dorothy Day or The Catholic Worker, visit The Catholic Worker Online

Some interesting biographical information is also available on an unofficial site maintained by a fan of Dorothy Day and The Catholic Worker at More on Dorothy Day


At 9:09 AM , Blogger AveMaria1 said...

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At 9:12 AM , Blogger AveMaria1 said...

Sorry, I deleted my last post due to spelling errors (YIKES). But I wanted to comment on how Dorothy Day was almost like a modern day Francis of Assisi. Like her, I was wild in my younger days, but had had a conversion or two. I can greatly identify with her. Thanks for the post. Peace, Lauren
Hope there are no typos in this one.

At 6:59 AM , Blogger Lisa said...

Don't worry about typos :)

Thanks for visiting and posting. I am glad you enjoyed my blog.

I definitely agree with your comparison between Dorothy Day and Francis of Assisi. They both teach us that (even the most orthodox)reform can be quite radical.


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