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Michael Gerson: Dorothy Day's life elevated work for the poor to a high calling

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  • Homer1 MIDVALE, UT
    Dec. 9, 2012 10:40 p.m.

    I loved this thoughtful article about an interesting human being who can be a role model for all christians. I used the following quote in my own church lesson today - "The mystery of the poor," she said, "is this: That they are Jesus, and what you do for them you do for him."

  • Timothy Benton City, WA
    Dec. 7, 2012 10:43 a.m.

    Dorothy Day was a complicated person..Growing up in Roman Catholic I heard many stories about her,with many conflicting views..The Sisters,as a rule,all supported her work as did the majority of Jesuits..I think some in the churches hierarchy disliked her because she was a woman that actually got things done..Her story is ,I think,one of absolute redemption and that in itself is very praiseworthy..She did what Jesus asked her to do and did it with a cheerful heart..As she said,when she did her good deeds she was indeed performing them as to the Lord himself..If only more of us could have such an spiritual understanding and then have the courage to apply it..I mean,look at Jesus himself..He came to us to help and assist us,he did it willingly leaving behind a very comfortable existence..He paid the ultimate price to save us without consideration of personal gain and people like Dorothy Day now live with him in Paradise...Redemption is a wonderful thing indeed;if only more of us would embrace it..

  • pmccombs Orem, UT
    Dec. 7, 2012 8:14 a.m.

    This is one of the best religious op-eds I've seen on the Deseret News in a long time.