A few months after Dorothy Day (1897-1980) passed away, I was interviewed for a New York City TV station by what I would describe as a “liberated” or “feminist” nun.
She asked me, “What is the legacy of Dorothy Day?”
A perfectly good question, I thought, and responded without hesitation: “Her faith.”
It was obvious from the interviewer’s facial expression that that was not the answer she wanted. It was clear she would rather have heard something like: “her pacifism” or “her activism” or “her condemnation of capitalism” or “her advocacy for the poor.” Pace the nun.
If you read letters in All the Way to Heaven, it is transparent that Day’s Catholic faith was the flesh of her being and...READ MORE