Dorothy Day

This Christmas my mom surprised me with a piece of family history: a postcard to my grandmother which dates to 1946 with postage at 1 cent. It is a thank you note for my grandmother's assistance with the Catholic Worker Movement. And it is signed by Dorothy Day herself. Amazing.

Here is a quotation from The Long Loneliness about Peter Maurin's vision for schools:

Peter’s plan was that groups should borrow from mutual-aid credit unions in the parish to start what he first liked to call agronomic universities, where the worker could become a scholar and the scholar a worker. . . . One hears these complaints from householders and even from heads of religious orders, who complain that postulants enter without the slightest knowledge of any skills that will help the order. With the lack of knowledge of how to work has come a failure in physical strength, too. Peter was no dreamer but knew men as they were. That is why he spoke so much of the need for a philosophy of work. Once they had that, once their desires were changed, half the battle was won. To make men desire poverty and hard work, that was the problem. It would take example, and the grace of God, to do it. . . . ‘In all their schools, whether of law, medicine, art, engineering or agriculture, philosophy is required to study,’ he said. And that is right, because in order to achieve integration, the whole man, there must be an underlying philosophy that directs and lends meaning to his life.”
--Dorothy Day, The Long Loneliness (254-255)



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