Dorothy Day: Change begins with oneself (no longer available) + Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement

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January 04, 2010

Dorothy Day: journalist, Catholic activist, non-violent anarchist, Wobblie, succor to the poor of inner cities across America. Day willingly lived the fertile ground of voluntary poverty as a site of Love–the love she held for her God as well as the love (caritas) she expressed for her fellow man.

For Day, if you would that a revolution occur in the world–a revolution of equity of every kind, brotherhood, and freedom for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness–then start that revolution in your own heart and soul. Be the hero of your own life, and you will be a hero–a source of love in the world–to others.

To effect that freedom and change, Day would not be seduced by the world. In this way, she had freed herself up to effect the change she wanted to see occur–for both herself and the collective drawn to her.

Thanks to Christopher Closeup for upload consent:…

Thanks to Phillip Runkel–Day archivist at Marquette University–for keeping the flame burning.…

An excellent video on the life of Ammon Hennacy:


Updated: Sept. 12, 2014

Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement

Bro. Brandon Paluch, SM on Apr 28, 2009

An introduction to Dorothy Day, the Catholic Worker Movement, and the Los Angeles Catholic Worker.

From the archives:

Our Brothers, the Jews by Dorothy Day (1933)

A Peace of the Anarchy: Ammon Hennacy and Other Angelic Troublemakers

7 thoughts on “Dorothy Day: Change begins with oneself (no longer available) + Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement

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  7. Yup. thomas merton said that the faliure of the peace movment was not looking at the warmonger and rascist within ourselves first. dorothy day really understood it and lived it . she changed the face of radical personalism in america.

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