She’s No Saint: Dorothy Day

“Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed so easily.”

November 8, 1897 – November 29, 1980

“The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us?”

“Life itself is a haphazard, untidy, messy affair.”

“Our problems stem from our acceptance of this filthy, rotten system.”

““What we would like to do is change the world–make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended them to do. And, by fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, the poor, of the destitute–the rights of the worthy and the unworthy poor, in other words–we can, to a certain extent, change the world; we can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around the world. We repeat, there is nothing we can do but love, and, dear God, please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbor, to love our enemy as our friend.”

Click for Dorothy Day Mini Documentary “Don’t Call Me a Saint”


Sometimes I feel this way…


Thanks to for this photo, which resonated with me immediately.

I’m sure someone was provoking this adorable child, probably a smelly boy.

It’s not her fault.

She’s clearly an angel. A saint in the making. I’m sure she’ll remember the smelly awful boy in her prayers tonight.