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Orginally published: New York: Harper & Row, 1963.
Paperback, 225 pages
Published September 30th 1997 by Orbis Books (USA) (first published 1983)
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Nick Klagge
My dad once gave a sermon that included the following passage:

Jesus was often called on to explain what God's realm would be like. People assumed it would have to be something lofty and impressive-after all it was God's realm. Jesus made a number of comparisons, but my favorite is this (Mark 4:30-32):

What can we say the kingdom is like? It is like a mustard seed which, at the time of its sowing, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth. Yet once it is sown it grows into the biggest

Now, what do
marcus miller
I finally got a chance to finish this book after getting back to my daughter's apartment. In this book Day recounts the beginnings of the Catholic Workers Movement. Along the way Day describes her philosophy of life, her views of government and the church. Through out the book Day shares the stories of several people. Some were key to the beginnings of the Catholic Worker, some were folks off the streets who found shelter and a place at Catholic Worker. Some became helpful to the movement, some...more
This is a series of short pieces by Dorothy Day that describe the Catholic Worker movement and the communal life of poverty that they have chosen. The movement began in the 1930's and the book was written in 1963 and reflects the values of those times. I was often taken back to the ideas of the 1960's and 1970's and even to our life in the cabin in Idaho when we were trying to live simply and embrace poverty. One of my heroes, Thomas Merton, writes in the Forward that Day sees poverty as a relig...more
Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was one of the founders of the Catholic Worker movement, a social justice movement founded in Catholic theology with a primary emphasis on nonviolence, hospitality for the poor, and communal living. Run by volunteers, "hospitality houses," which provide shelter, food, and clothing to the needy, are still in existence around the country.

Whether or not you are interested in any of these topics, agree with the theology, or make charity one of your life priorities, Day's stor...more
Maggie Reed
I learned a great deal about the Catholic Worker Movement from this book. Their hearts and minds are in the right place. Such a wealth of both learned and unlearned people involved in this movement! It's easy to see in how this is written and how it has impacted the poor, hungry and homeless in the US. I am not, however, blind to how others who profess to be of one Christian religion or another have taken the side road to wealth on earth. Jesus said it best in Matthew 6:19 and Mark 10:21. The gr...more
If you are looking for a straightforward auto/biography of Dorothy Day, this is not it. I would liken this to sitting down with Dorothy as she flips through a scrapbook and tells the stories of the photos of people, buildings or articles she may be looking at. One could easily sit and read this book from cover to cover, but I enjoyed reading this over a period of time, because the stories and insights opened up deeper conversations between myself and the Spirit.
Apr 17, 2012 sdw rated it 3 of 5 stars
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This book was hilarious in unexpected places and unexpected ways. Dorothy Day has a great sense of humor as she offers a biography of The Catholic Worker Movement. She uses her wit to wrap the serious and inspiring philosophies under girding The Catholic Worker Movement in a lighthearted engaging tone.
Amy Young
Her name pops up a lot so I had wanted to read her. This is the history of 'The Catholic Worker' -- both a newspaper and movement from teh 30's to the 60's. Interesting to see how some problems/approaches/ideas we think are to fresh and new ... HA on us!
Chris Erb
Great book on social bandaging, but it left me wondering what if these amazing people had put their efforts into systemic change of the system rather than continual bandaging of its mistakes.
this is classic work in applying the gospel to the needs of the poor. it will challenge you and stir your heart
A historical record of the Catholic Worker movement. Day's peacefulness and a sense of purpose is amazing!
Some really challenging stuff in this book. I need to learn more about the Catholic Worker Movement.
Fascinating memoir by one of the founders of the Catholic Workers Movement.
This book prompted me to get off my butt and stop feeling sorry for myself.
Not as good as the "long loneliness" which is one of my favorite books.
Dan Yingst
Inspiring, heartbreaking. A wonderful portrait of sainthood.
Donna Quathamer
Inspiration. I can do better. My hero.
Religious belief leads to social action!
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Dorothy Day was an American journalist, social activist, and devout Catholic convert. In the 1930s, Day worked closely with fellow activist Peter Maurin to establish the Catholic Worker movement, a nonviolent, pacifist movement that continues to combine direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent direct action on their behalf.

A revered figure within the U.S. Catholic community, Day's caus...more
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