The Word Among Us

Advent 2011 Issue

Make Room for Christ

Dorothy Day shows us how to meet Jesus at Christmas

Make Room for Christ: Dorothy Day shows us how to meet Jesus at Christmas

Dorothy Day (1897-1980) “was not a ‘gingerbread saint’ or a ‘holy card saint,’” observed the late Cardinal John O’Connor of New York. A journalist, activist, and pacifist, she championed the poor, embraced pov­erty, and worked for social change in a way that made many uncomfort­able. Cardinal O’Connor went on: “She was a radical precisely because she was a believer. . . . If any woman ever loved God and her neighbor, it was Dorothy Day!”

Choosing to live among the poor and needy and not just care for them from a distance, Dorothy Day made it a point to practice love of neigh­bor...

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