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October 21st, 2010

Dorothy spoke. She talked about our unity in God, and of our obligations to each other in Him. She talked about poverty and the Catholic Worker and Blessed Martin House. She made an appeal for us, for volunteers and other help. She talked about theobligations of the rich, and quoted in that regard some strong words of Our Lord, beginning: 'Woe unto you rich...you have had your reward.' She quoted Peter Maurin's reminder that we take with us when we die only what we have given away in Our Lord's name, while we live....I watched the faces of those who listened. Some were deeply interested and became more and more thoughtful or alive. Some were closed and dead and remained so. Some grew red and angry, and I could see the effort it cost these people not to speak until she had finished. Some never understood. The colored people were awed and unbelieving at all this from a white woman. There was new hope in some of their faces, and a nameless delight. They would never forget what she had said. For one moment they had been lifted by her out of our little world."

from NOT WITHOUT TEARS by Helen Caldwell Day,
Sheed and Ward, 1954.
Catholic Worker odds & ends - Blessed Martin House/Memphis/1951

I read this for the first time today in personalist  's journal.  The author (no relation to Dorothy Day) is describing a speech given at a
catholic Worker facility in Memphis in 1951; the contrast between Black "delight" and White "anger" struck me powerfully, I think i really needed to read this...Collapse )

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