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Tag Archives: Dorothy Day

The Poverty of Christmas

There’s really nothing necessarily pretty about the first Christmas. Continue Reading The Poverty of Christmas

The Goodness of Solidarity

Rediscovering the Common Good The Goodness of Solidarity Thursday, November 4, 2021 Few Christians in the twentieth century lived their lives as devoted to the common good as Dorothy Day. She served the poor, homeless, and hungry in New York City for decades. Her steadfast belief in the dignity of the poor as bearing the… Continue Reading The Goodness of Solidarity

An Alternative Way to Live

The Sermon on the Mount An Alternative Way to Live Sunday, July 18, 2021 I am told that the Sermon on the Mount—the essence of Jesus’ teaching—is the least quoted Scripture in official Catholic Church documents. We must be honest and admit that most of Christianity has focused very little on what Jesus himself taught… Continue Reading An Alternative Way to Live

The Catholic Worker Movement

Spirituality and Social Movements The Catholic Worker Movement Tuesday, December 1, 2020 After Brian McLaren’s helpful summary of biblical examples of social movements, I want to turn our attention to movements that originated within the United States in the last century. The Catholic Worker movement, established by Dorothy Day (1897‒1980) and Peter Maurin (1877‒1949), has… Continue Reading The Catholic Worker Movement

Peace and Advocacy for the Poor

Contemplative Activists Peace and Advocacy for the Poor Monday, July 13, 2020 Dorothy Day (1897–1980) gives us a clear example of a contemplative activist. In her case, she began with activism, converted to Catholicism around age 30, and eventually lived out her two callings in a powerful and effective way. My friend John Dear, himself… Continue Reading Peace and Advocacy for the Poor

Loaves and Fishes

Alternative Community Loaves and Fishes Friday, June 5, 2020 We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only solution is love and that love comes with community. —Dorothy Day Everyone relies on community in some way or another, no matter what our personal, social, or economic circumstances. No one can… Continue Reading Loaves and Fishes

Knowing from the Bottom

Ways of Knowing Knowing from the Bottom
 Monday, February 10, 2020  The vast majority of people throughout history have been poor, disabled, or oppressed in some way (i.e., “on the bottom”) and would have read history in terms of a need for change, but most of history has been written and interpreted from the side of the winners. The unique exception is the revelation called the… Continue Reading Knowing from the Bottom

Heaven and Hell

Heaven Now Heaven and Hell Sunday, April 28, 2019 Lord, will only a few people be saved? —Luke 13:23 But remember, some who are now last will be first. And some who think they are first will be last. —Luke 13:30 Many of the saints said that no one is going to hell unless they… Continue Reading Heaven and Hell

Questioning Our Loyalties

Politics: Week 1 Questioning Our Loyalties Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Most religion is highly “legitimating religion.” It is used for social control and public order by the powers that be and individuals. This oppressive use of religion has allowed much of Christian history to fully cooperate in toxic and unjust societies—just as long as each… Continue Reading Questioning Our Loyalties

Your Life Is Not about You

Initiation Your Life Is Not about You Wednesday, May 25, 2016 One reason we Christians have misunderstood many of Jesus’ teachings is that we have not seen Jesus’ way of education as that of a spiritual master. He wants to situate us in a larger life, which he calls the “Reign of God.” But instead… Continue Reading Your Life Is Not about You

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