Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Aleteia
Monday 01 March |
home iconVoices & Views
line break icon

Dorothy Day: A saint like you and me

Elizabeth Scalia - published on 07/02/17

George B. Horton of the Dorothy Day Guild discusses the Servant of God.

In my journal, while pondering the Servant of God, Dorothy Day, I once wondered whether she was a woman so far ahead of her time that she was uniquely suited to speak to ours.

I was thinking about how she was a woman who had an abortion well before such action became an all-too-common practice, and she regretted it long before anyone thought to formulate ministries designed to help women (and men) living with that regret.

During the rebellious and heady 1960s she was ahead of the times, too. More and more 21st-century lay people are taking up the prayers of the Divine Office, but Dorothy, as a Benedictine Oblate, quietly prayed the Office every day, decades before most of else felt called to it.

She also anticipated Pope Francis by some decades. Well before His Holiness appeared on our horizon, urging us out to the margins and telling his priests to “smell of the sheep,” Dorothy was — like Christ, whom she served — setting her tent among the poor and the forgotten, and accompanying them, day by day.

And in these divided times, where virtue-signalling is an easy way to fall into what can ultimately be soul-cripplingly bad company, Dorothy Day is a hopeful example to those who would say to friends on either side, “I am Christ’s, first.”

In this video, George B. Horton of the DorothyDay Guild discusses Day, noting her devotion to the Mass, the Rosary and Scripture, and gives us a glimpse at what it looks like to shrug off times and trends to live within the presence of the Eternal Word.

Servant of God, Dorothy Day, pray for us. 

Tags:
Saints of the United States
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Top 10
1
PADRE PIO
Philip Kosloski
Padre Pio’s favorite prayer of petition
2
MADONNA
V. M. Traverso
The 9 oldest images of Mary
3
SEARCHNG PURSE
Cerith Gardiner
12 Things every Catholic woman should have in her purse
4
Jacques Fesch
Brother Silas Henderson, SDS
Meet the Death Row prisoner who discovered a ...
5
LUXOR FILM FESTIVAL
Zoe Romanowsky
20-year-old filmmaker wins award for powerful 1-minute film about...
6
CELEBRITY MARRIAGES
Cerith Gardiner
10 Celebrities whose marriages have stood the test of time
7
RECONSTRUCTED CHRIST
Lucandrea Massaro
This 3D “carbon copy” of Jesus was created using the ...
See More
Newsletter
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.