this introduction to the life and thought of Dorothy Day, one of the
most important lay Catholics of the twentieth century, Terrence
Wright presents her radical response to God's mercy. After a period
of darkness and sin, which included an abortion and a suicide
attempt, Day had a profound awakening to God's unlimited love and
mercy through the birth of her daughter.
her conversion, Day answered the calling to bring God's mercy to
others. With Peter Maurin, she founded the Catholic Worker Movement
in 1933. Dedicated to both the spiritual and the corporal works of
mercy, they established Houses of Hospitality, Catholic Worker Farms,
and the Catholic
heavily from Day's own writings, this book reveals her love for
Scripture, the sacraments, and the magisterial teaching of the
Church. The author explores her philosophy and spirituality,
including her devotion to Saints Francis, Benedict, and Thérèse. He
also shows how her understanding of the Mystical Body of Christ led
to some of her more controversial positions such as pacifism.
her death in 1980, Day continues to serve as a model of Christian
love and commitment. She recognized Christ in the less fortunate and
understood that to be a servant of these least among us is to be a
servant of God.