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On Suffering and Futility: Dorothy Day’s Words on a Revolution of the Heart

While looking for an image to lead our episode with Paul Elie, I happened upon this lovely illustration in Malissa Winkowski’s thoughtful post on digitizing Dorothy Day’s work for The Catholic Worker. Included is this quotation from Ms. Day’s Loaves and Fishes:

“One of the greatest evils of the day among those outside the proximity of the suffering poor is their sense of futility. Young people say, ‘What good can one person do? What is the sense of our small effort?’ They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time; we can be responsible only for the action of the present moment but we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.

The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us. When we begin to take the lowest place, to wash the feet of others, to love our brothers with that burning love, that passion, which led to the cross, then we can truly say, ‘Now I have begun.'”

The takeaway: live “your love out loud even when it seems you have nothing to offer.” So lovely.

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