Each morning for the past month, I (Elizabeth) get up, make some coffee, and read The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day before I start the rest of my day. Dorothy Day co-founded the Catholic Worker movement, and so we draw inspiration from her, even 40+ years after her death. This quote from Day seems to capture well the work we try to do daily here at Lydia’s House:
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.
Thank you Dorothy Day for continuing to be a conversation partner for us in the hard, good work.