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Dorothy Day: Portraits by Those Who Knew Her

Dorothy Day: Portraits by Those Who Knew Her

by Rosalie G RiegleRosalie G Riegle


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Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker, radical pacifist, friend of the poor, has been called the conscience of the American Catholic Church. Lately she has also been called a saint. But who was she, really? In this moving and entertaining work, drawn from the memories of family, friends, and colleagues who knew her best, Dorothy Day emerges as a woman of courage, humor, and love, who left an unforgettable mark on the lives of all she touched. Included here are voices -- some famous, some not -- of those who knew Day as a friend, a writer, a mother, a champion of the oppressed, a spiritual guide. They tell what it was like to march with her on picket lines, to go to jail, to pray the rosary, to discuss her favorite novels or the news of the day. At a time when Dorothy Day risks being mythologized, this collective portrait best captures her many sides: as a woman who was both ordinary and unique, who maintained her love for the opera while living in the slums, a courageous witness for peace, a devout Catholic who suffered over the sins of the church she loved, a model of holiness especially appropriate for our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570756641
Publisher: Orbis Books
Publication date: 07/28/2006
Pages: 212
Sales rank: 937,743
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Memories of Passion and Abundant Loveix
Prologue: First Impressions1
1.Dorothy and the Catholic Worker5
A Writer above All14
Leaders and Followers19
Love and Faithfulness24
At Home on the Road30
2.Politics and Protest43
Civil Defense Drills50
Piety and Politics57
God and Mammon63
The Long View65
The Sixties69
3.Love Is the Measure77
Saved by Beauty77
Hospitality of the Heart88
Loyal Daughter of the Church93
Lilies of the Field104
4.Family and Friends108
Tamar and Forster108
Peter and Ammon115
5.What Was She Like?136
A Searching Intellect136
Making Demands139
Thank God, She Was Human!151
Engaged and Engaging156
6.Later Years164
A Room of Her Own164
Big Questions168
A Geography of the Heart174
"It's So Nice to Have a Woman Doctor"177
Last Days181
Epilogue: After Dorothy189
Selected Biographies199

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Dorothy Day: Portraits by Those Who Knew Her 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
pjsullivan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The real Dorothy Day, as portrayed by those who lived and worked with her. Illustrated with rare photographs.