Dorothy Day: Champion of the Poor

Dorothy Day: Champion of the Poor

by Elaine Murray Stone

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Young adult readers as well as adults will be fascinated by this biography of Dorothy Day, the controversial and celebrated Catholic activist, who has been proposed for canonization as a Saint of the Church.

Dorothy Day embraced many causes: the poor, non-violent social change, the Civil Rights Movement, suffragism and pacifism. The co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement that began as a newspaper for Catholic social teaching and flowered into nation-wide communities of "hospitality" for the needy, the "most influential lay Catholic in the history of American Catholicism" who received the Laetare and Gandhi medals and was instrumental in Vatican Council II's adoption of a resolution that supported conscientious objectors and condemned "indiscriminate destruction," was also a friend of communists, atheists, and socialists. She was also a single mother, divorcee, the recipient of an abortion who converted to Catholicism and baptized her daughter in the Church. She marched with Cesar Chavez, became a model to the Berrigans, received a visit from Mother Teresa and communion from Pope Paul VI, and lived in voluntary abject poverty.

Her life could be thought of as one of contradictions, were it not for the very important observation that hers was a life spent in conscious imitation of the Gospel, but not along the straight and narrow, as Elaine Murray Stone so convincingly shows.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809167197
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 05/28/2004
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.54(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.32(d)
Age Range: 9 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

1. The Beginning
2. University Life Brings Changes
3. Starting Over
4. A New Home, a New Life
5. Tamar
6. Peter Maurin
7. The Catholic Worker
8. Garden Communes
9. The Retreat Movement
10. Rebel with Many Causes
11. A Peaceful End
12. The Spirituality of Dorothy Day
13. The World Passes Judgment

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