November 8 is the birthday of Dorothy Day, who is considered a holy woman committed to serving the poor and disenfranchised. Born in 1897 in Brooklyn, New York, Dorothy Day became a key figure in the Catholic Worker Movement; a peaceful movement that combines direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent action on their behalf. Dorothy is remembered for advocating for the destitute and underprivileged and practiced civil disobedience when this seemed necessary. Pope Benedict XVI used Dorothy’s conversion story as an example of how to “journey towards faith in a secularized environment.” Pope Francis included her in a short list of exemplary Americans in his address before the United States Congress and gave Dorothy the title: Servant of God. Today we are invited to celebrate her birthday by sharing some of our good things with the needy around us.
by Joyce Iten, OSB