I have a dream...
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dorothy Day
Vision, Wisdom, and Teachings

Dorothy Day is an excellent example of a devout Christian who lived her faith to the fullest. She started the Catholic Worker Movement with Peter Maurin in New York City in the 1930s. Her faith led her to reach out to the poor with "corporal works of mercy" which included feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and harboring the harborless. Her revolutionary lifestyle also included a profound rejection of all violence including the violence of war, capital punishment, racism, materialism and nationalism. She dedicated her life to fighting against social injustices which result in suffering for millions of poor people in the world.

Love

“Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up. If we love each other enough, we will bear with each other's faults and burdens. If we love enough, we are going to light that fire in the hearts of others. And it is love that will burn out the sins and hatreds that sadden us. It is love that will make us want to do great things for each other. No sacrifice and no suffering will then seem too much.”

All Men are Brothers

“All men are brothers. How often we hear this refrain, the rallying call that strikes a response in every human heart. These are the words of Christ, "Call no man master, for yea are all brothers." It is a revolutionary call which has even been put to music. The last movement of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony has that great refrain: "All men are brothers." Going to the people is the purest and best act in Christian tradition and revolutionary tradition and is the beginning of world brotherhood.”

Poverty

“What right has any one of us to security when God's poor are suffering? What right have I to sleep in a comfortable bed when so many are sleeping in the shadows of buildings here in this neighborhood of the Catholic Worker office? What right have we to food when many are hungry?”

“Let us rejoice in poverty, because Christ was poor. Let us love to live with the poor, because they are specially loved by Christ. Even the lowest, most depraved, we must see Christ in them and love them to folly. When we suffer from dirt, lack of privacy, heat and cold, coarse food, let us rejoice.”

The Works of Mercy

“The Corporal Works of Mercy are to feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, to clothe the naked, to ransom the captive, to harbor the harborless, to visit the sick and to bury the dead.”

Changing the World

“What we would like to do is change the world, make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe and shelter themselves as God intended them to do. And to a certain extent, by fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the worker, of the poor, of the destitute - the rights of the worthy and the unworthy poor, in other words, we can to a certain extent change the world; we can work for the oasis, a little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever-widening circle will reach around the world.”

The Common Good

“We believe in the communal aspect of property, as stressed by the early Christians and since then by religious orders. We believe in the constructive activity of the people, the masses, and the mutual aid which existed during the medieval times, worked out from below. We believe in loving our brothers regardless of race, color or creed, and we believe in showing this love by working, immediately, for better conditions, and ultimately, for the ownership by the workers of the means of production. We believe in an economy based on human needs, rather than on the profit motive.”

Civil Disobedience

“When we went to jail we were setting our faces against the world, against things as they are, the terrible injustice of our capitalist industrial system which lives by war and by preparing for war; setting our faces against race hatreds and all nationalist strivings. But especially we wanted to act against war and the preparation for war: nerve gas, guided missiles, the testing and stockpiling of nuclear bombs, conscription, the collection of income tax - against the entire military state. We made our gesture; we disobeyed a law.”

Ultimate Victory of Good Over Evil

“We reaffirm our belief in the ultimate victory of good over evil, of love over hatred, and we believe that the trials which beset us in the world today are for the perfecting of our faith, which is more precious than gold.”