DOROTHY DAY: Saint or Crank?

I firmly believe that by studying the lives of the saints, or near saints, we see a picture of the Gospel brought to life in prayer and action which then serves as a model for our own lives.   I am re-blogging here today a post about Dorothy Day a Catholic poverty worker whose work and ideas concerning economics remain controversial.  However, she was one of four Americans who Pope Francis held up as an example in his speech before Congress.  His eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the New York Archdiocese is a proponent of her canonization by the Roman Catholic Church  as a saint/

This is a post via the Nomocracy blog: 

“Dorothy Day: Saint or Crank?,” By John Zmirak

“Dorothy Day” by Blanchethouse – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

One of the four Americans Pope Francis held up as an example during his speech before Congress was Catholic poverty activist Dorothy Day (1897–1980). While Day herself once scornfully said, “Don’t trivialize me by trying to make me a saint,” she has in fact been singled out by the Vatican as precisely that: a potential future saint—provided that her life and her public statements stand up to scrutiny, and it’s found that two miracles have occurred as a result of prayers for her intercession. (That’s our Catholic version of empirical, laboratory testing!) Kathryn Jean Lopez recently effused about Day in National Review, and New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan is a big booster of her “cause” for canonization.

It is easy to see why Day’s personal story inspires many. Like Margaret Sanger, she was appalled by urban poverty in an era where there was no effective safety net for the jobless and sick. But instead of Sanger’s top-down eugenics solution—reduce poverty by culling the poor—Day sought to better the conditions and wages of workers so that they could support their families in dignity. Like Sanger, Day began her adult life as a sexually “liberated” secular intellectual. But the experience of having an abortion changed Day profoundly and turned her into a lifelong opponent of that cruel procedure. Having spent her formative years as a full-on supporter of the Communist Party, Day found her way to faith. It’s no surprise that Day seems like the most “relevant” American Catholic to many in our times, when we face angry cries about “inequality” and divisive culture wars that obscure rational discussion of sexual ethics.

see more here: “Dorothy Day: Saint or Crank?,” By John Zmirak

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