What Dorothy Day Said We Must Talk About

Social activist and Catholic convert Dorothy Day led a life of radical authenticity, using her considerable gifts as a writer on behalf of the poor she served and the faith that drove her passion. 


Day’s writings, including her autobiography, The Long Loneliness, remind us that our words are meant to serve and give a voice to the voiceless.

“We must talk about poverty, because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it,” she said.

Talking about real poverty is different than mere political argumentation.  It’s keeping the humanity of the invisible, suffering souls around us in our minds and hearts.

Talk must accompany action, which can be as simple as being prepared to share granola bars or gift cards with those who need our help.

We must talk about poverty and not remain insulated by our own comfort.  Lent can be a time to learn, so that when we speak, we speak from an informed mind and an inflamed heart.

The final word is love.”


speech-silenceThis post is part of a series (see A Lenten Invitation from a Babbling Brook: Focus on Speech and Silence).  To receive new installments, you’re invited to Follow Sparrowfare by placing your email address in the follow box.  We’d love to have you join us in sharing the quotes that speak to you.