Toward Authenticity in the Cultural Moment: Three Lessons from Dorothy Day

She never shied away from the contentions of political engagement.  She practiced what she preached, responding to the wretchedness of Depression-era poverty by co-founding a movement that established a newspaper, communal farms and "Houses of Hospitality" for the homeless.  She had an abortion as a young woman but would ultimately regret it and defend human … Continue reading Toward Authenticity in the Cultural Moment: Three Lessons from Dorothy Day

American Exile and Return to Norway: Fascinating Facts about Sigrid Undset Part 3

On the evening  of April 7, 1940, two days before the Nazis invaded Sigrid Undset's homeland, the Nobel prizewinner was in Oslo speaking at a meeting of the Norwegian Students' Association.  The guest of honor was Catholic Worker co-founder Dorothy Day. Neither woman could have imagined that they'd  meet again, but two nights after the … Continue reading American Exile and Return to Norway: Fascinating Facts about Sigrid Undset Part 3

Flight from Norway: Fascinating Facts about Sigrid Undset, Part 2

Norwegian writer Sigrid Undset deserves her place among women held up as models of greatness simply for her accomplishment as the author of Kristin Lavransdatter, the medieval trilogy for which she won a Nobel Prize in 1928.  But there is so much more.  Part I in this series details her life up to her reception of … Continue reading Flight from Norway: Fascinating Facts about Sigrid Undset, Part 2

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 … Continue reading What Dorothy Day Said We Must Talk About