Dorothy’s Days

Letters from a Saint

Thirty years after her death, Dorothy Day remains “the most significant, interesting, and influential person in the history of American Catholicism.” I made that claim in 1980 and I am not alone in my admiration. Garry Wills called her “the Saint of Mott Street,” a title she would not have liked. She worried that saint talk would end up trivializing the Catholic Worker message of revolutionary discipleship.

Theologian Lawrence S. Cunningham, who knows about such matters, ranks Day...

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David J. O’Brien is University Professor of Faith and Culture at the University of Dayton.

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