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Dorothy Day: Selected Writings; By Little and by Little

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This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the death of Dorothy Day (1897-1980)--co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, and one of the most inspiring figures of recent history. By her lifelong option for the poor and her devotion to active nonviolence, Day fashioned a new face for the gospel in our time. In 2000 the Vatican recognized her cause for canonization, ...more
Paperback, 371 pages
Published April 21st 2005 by Orbis Books (first published April 15th 2005)
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Nov 03, 2008 Talia rated it really liked it
I renewed this twice and still wasn't able to finish it... not because it was a hard read, I just really wanted to digest everything I was reading. Needless to say, I needed to return it to the library a lot earlier than I was ready to, so I will have to request it again soon and finish it. I find her life fascinating, and I actually took a class with the author as part of my graduate studies at BC, so I was very interested to read this particular account of her life. I think he did a great job ...more
Jul 12, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it
I read this book over a two-year period as my spiritual reading. It added much to my understanding of the spirituality and practice of social justice.

Even though she didn't want her work and those of her Catholic Worker companions to be "dismissed so easily" and the Catholic Church has ignored her, Dorothy Day is unquestionably a saint IMHO for her devotion to nonviolence and justice for people in poverty, and for her deeply spiritual and inspiring writing.

As a Catholic-turned-Quaker I would r
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Mar 24, 2015 Ben Valentine rated it it was amazing
Dorothy Day blows me away and challenges me so much in her writings. We writes with so much beauty yet also with a raw directness that gets to your heart. She writes on the Catholic worker movement, The Works of Mercy, and her experiences working with the poor. You will more or less understand the heart of the Christian life after reading this: that we must give of ourselves as Christ gave of Himself and fight for justice in the world.
Jun 01, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
This is a good book to keep on the nightstand and read a chapter here and there...It's snippets from Dorothy Day's writings and life and give a glimpse of her life and servanthood. She met people where they were at and came with compassion and love...She is upfront with her own sin and weakness, and not pretentious in her own righteousness (which I'm sure she'd deny). Her writings and insights are applicable to Christian's today, a refreshing reminder of how to serve and love in today's world.
Heather S. Jones
Oct 15, 2007 Heather S. Jones marked it as to-read
i have been touched by the snippets i've heard and come across -- i haven't yet read her work & musings and can't remember the origins of my discovery but have noted down the following which were attributed to her: "There can be no brotherhood without the Fatherhood of God"; "Worship, adoration, thanksgiving, supplication. . . are the noblest acts of which we are capable in this life."
Lisa Powell
Jan 31, 2017 Lisa Powell rated it really liked it
Elementary (read to), middle school, high school, ethics and theology.

Day is a Catholic writer, one of the main figures of the Catholic Worker Movement. She worked with the poor and as a pacifist after converting away from her early years where she was interested in communism, had a child out of wedlock. Very interesting essays, most students will need some guidance for context.
Feb 23, 2011 Renzo rated it really liked it
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Didn't know too much about Dorothy Day, so these selected writings were a great introduction to this truly impressive woman. What a life - and what an example for everyone to follow, if only in small ways...
Oct 01, 2015 Sue rated it it was amazing
A wonderful, inspiring read. I learned a lot about social justice and how one can make a difference. The faith this woman holds and lives through shines in her writing and is something within anyone's capability.
Apr 14, 2009 Lauren rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book and I found a new love in Dorothy Day! I found her insight astounding and I learned many things from her about social issues, poverty and the work force. She is an inspiration. I hope she is canonized some day soon.
May 17, 2016 Sandra rated it it was amazing
I will never stop reading this book as I find inspiration in the life and character of Dorothy Day. Like Flannery O'Connor, I find both women to be heroic and worthy of admiration for their honesty, faithfulness to their beliefs and manner of expressing themselves.
Mary Helene
Mar 31, 2007 Mary Helene rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm still reading this book. Because it's an anthology of her writing, it feels best to read in short bits every day. I remember Nick reading it every morning for about a year; I'm following his example. Her clear, sweet moral vision is razor sharp without being harsh.
Mar 31, 2007 Nick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
These selections from Dorothy Day's writings are simply wonderful, inspiring pieces that I turn to again and again to deepen my understanding of nonviolence, of love and of justice. A must-read book for everyone!
Mar 23, 2015 Marc rated it it was amazing
A must read for those convicted by our Lord's command to help the least of these.
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One of my heroes.
Sep 29, 2015 ninamo rated it liked it
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Humble & inspiring -- yet revolutionary -- simple, pithy gems..
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