“A great many of these notes were not written for publication, but for my own self in moments of trouble and in moments of peace and joy.”
Dorothy Day’s reflections-written on the fly over five hectic years-reveal not only the beginnings of the Catholic Worker Movement, but the mind of a heroic woman as she responds to the demands of faith.
Now back in print after seventy-five years, House of Hospitality is packed with stories of sacrifice and kindness, strikes and protests, hunger and soup lines, the rough reality of tenement life, and the foul odor of poverty. “I do penance through my nose continually,” Dorothy wrote.
And yet, as she said, “Our lives are made up of little miracles day by day.” Dorothy Day and her fellow workers were “poor for the poor,” as Pope Francis has exhorted, and the early years of this Gospel-driven moment have much to teach us about how we can live, today, with a heart for others. “Love and ever more love,” Dorothy said, “is the only solution to every problem that comes up.”