New Doc on Dorothy Day

Here’s the trailer for a new(ish) hour-long documentary on Dorothy Day, which includes something I’ve not seen before: some filmed footage of Dorothy speaking on poverty.  If the full movie is as good as the trailer, it’s certainly worth the price.  More information on the movie can be found on this website

By the way, according to Robert Ellsberg, editor of her journals, "The Duty of Delight," the full quote is "Don’t call me a saint; I don’t want to be dismissed that easily."  Dorothy was averse to both being put on a pedestal and having her ideas dismissed as unrealistic for the common person.  But she also had a deep devotion to the saints, especially St. Therese of Lisieux, and a great apprecation for the place of the saints in the life of the church.  So objections to her newly initiated canonization process should probably not rely on that quotation, pungent as it is.

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I first learned about Dorothy Day over a long Thanksgiving weekend I spent in New York City in 1980. That weekend I read her obituary in the New York Times. Day died that weekend in New York. When I got back home to San Francisco, I read everything I could about her. In time I discovered that she had a strongly contemplative disposition. She was a Benedictine Oblate of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Illinois. She made her Act of Final Oblation in New York. She belonged to a Oblate Chapter in New York. Fr. David at St. Procopius has a copy of her Oblation form. Humility is a the heart Benedictinism. Self-giving is at the center of humility. I once read that the life of saints are considered inhumanely hard because they are superhumanly simple. I further learned that their simplicity presents an obstacle to our nature that wants to hide itself from God in a labyrinth of mental complexities, like Adam and Eve.

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