“The older I get, the more I meet people, the more convinced I am that we must only work on ourselves, to grow in grace. The only thing we can do about people is to love them.”
― Dorothy Day,
“Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up.”
“What we would like to do is change the world–make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended them to do. And, by fighting for better conditions, by crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, the poor, of the destitute–the rights of the worthy and the unworthy poor, in other words–we can, to a certain extent, change the world; we can work for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening circle will reach around the world. We repeat, there is nothing we can do but love, and, dear God, please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbor, to love our enemy as our friend.”
Anti-war protest in 1960s
Ms. Day first went to jail with a group of suffragists in 1917 who were demonstrating at the White House in favor of giving women voting rights. She went to jail four times from 1955 to 1959 for acts of civil disobedience. Her last jailing was in 1969 at the age of 76 while protesting with Cesar Chavez and the United Farm Workers in California.
CNS File Photo: Police and farm workers flank Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day, seated in a farm workers’ picket line in Lamont, Calif., in 1973. She was arrested that day for violating an injunction limiting picketing.
Dorothy Day (center), WWI protest, 2-9-1917 (UPI)