Dorothy Day is alleged to have said, “Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed that easily.” A new biography on her by her granddaughter, Kate Hennessy, “Dorothy Day: The World Will Be Saved by Beauty: An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother,” will, I believe, go a long way in preventing anyone from turning Dorothy Day, likely to be officially canonized by the church, into what she feared, a plaster saint who can be piously doted upon and then not taken seriously.
Seattle’s St. Francis House celebrates a half-century of feeding, clothing the poor
In the Hebrew Scriptures, that part of the bible we call the Old Testament, we find a strong religious challenge to always welcome the stranger, the foreigner. This was emphasized for two reasons: First, because the Jewish people themselves had once been foreigners and immigrants. Their Scriptures kept reminding them not to forget that. Second, they believed that God’s revelation most often comes to us through the stranger, in what’s foreign to us. That belief was integral to their faith.
In setting out to confront a problem, it’s necessary to understand its causes in order to apply realistic solutions. Child poverty in America provides a painful illustration of what comes of ignoring that truism.