A Thrift Shop in India

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH

One of my favorite Dorothy Day stories is about the diamond ring a wealthy admirer donated to the Catholic Worker. Everyone in the community was curious to see what Dorothy would do with the ring, and some were dismayed and a bit annoyed when she gave it to an elderly woman who often came to the Worker for meals. When someone pointed out that the ring could have been sold to pay the woman’s rent for almost a year, Dorothy replied mildly...

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Jo McGowan, a Commonweal columnist, writes from Deradoon, India.