Thursday 4 February 2010

A very short but informative introduction to Dorothy Day

An extraordinary weakness of Christianity is that it has become respectable. The word Christian conjures up images of sober, upstanding, solid, safe and responsible citizens. One wonders if a combination of those terms is not in fact a betrayal of the essence of Christianity. When you read the Gospels you are left strongly with the impression that Christianity has little to do with respectability.

One of the constant criticisms of Jesus by his opponents is that he was not respectable enough. Jesus kept bad company, hanging out with sinners, prostitutes, tax collectors, and other unreliable characters. One modern Christian who combined a deep faith with a radical lifestyle was a lady called Dorothy Day. She is not well known on this side of the world but she made a huge impact in the United States in the 20th century and I would like to share her story with you.

Further reading.
One comment on this piece of Fr. Ultan McGoohan: to infer from a novel that the author has experienced what the protagonist experiences is the wrong way to read a novel.
Presumably Dorothy Day had an abortion, but we cannot decide that from a novel. As far as I am aware Day never concedes to this event.

h/t Christian Radical