Dorothy Day: All the Way to Heaven



Cifism and serving the poor The contrast in content and style of her letters before and after she committed herself to Catholicism and the Catholic Worker is stunning and is testimony to the power of finding your true path Her letters are also testimony to the personal cost of living your convictions Opposition personally politically and spiritually is ever present throughout the letters but as she continually reiterates her faith and perseverance gives her the strength to carry on She is continually exhorting others including those in the Church to examine whether they are serving God or manHer politics were both progressive and regressive Her wildly unpopular commitment to nonviolent resistance and pacifism through WWII inspired Vietnam War resistors Her support of offering integrated hospitality in the CW houses of hospitality as early as the 1930s forced the closure of some CW homes by racist neighbors Her letters to the IRS explaining why she does not files taxes complete with Catholic pamphlets and NYC tax assessors returning a sinful interest payment must have entertained and puzzled those bureaucrats Her empathy for workers included picketing and being ailed along with Cesar Chavez s striking grape pickers Dorothy Day was anti capitalist and anti government than many communists and libertarians At the same time despite her status and her daughter s eventual status as single mothers despite her fighting for women s right to vote prior to her conversion despite her aversion to racism despite being a leader in her own right she was not a feminist As late as 1968 she states I am no feminist I believe men have the vision and women must follow it Disappointing to witness a woman who definitely fought the Man and freuently the male Catholic hierarchy making the connection between capitalism and poverty but not between sexism and povertyStill Day s commitment to service and her walking the talk inspires a desire to learn about her and her politics and spiritual outlook The letters offer a glimpse but leave gaps as there are sure to be gaps in most correspondence First I want to say that no one will ever collect your emails and make them into a book Your children will not save your email either But your letters might be saved so you should always write letters But on to the book itself This was absolutely wonderful and showed her ongoing struggles her triumphs and her faith which never seemed to waiver The letters provide a terrific insight into her life and the many things she did but always within the context of her faith There is also a book of Ms Day s writings as well as selections from her diaries and this book makes me want to read those as well I would highly recommend this book. Y members and well known figures such as Thomas Merton Daniel Berrigan César Chávez Allen Ginsberg Katherine Anne Porter and Francis Cardinal Spellman shedding light on the deepest yearnings of her heart At the same time the first publication of her early love letters to Forster Batterham highlight her humanity and poignantly dramatize the sacrifices that underlay her vocation “These letters are life work and faith affirming” National Catholic Reporte.

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This book presented a vivid picture of the struggles and Charming the Firefighter (In Shady Grove, joys experienced by Dorothy Day Her life really came alive through her written words Engaging read Ever since i first heard of Dorothy Day I have thought of her as a modern day Saint I felt energized reading her letters My adirmation for her life long love affair to Lady Poverty and her self less commitment to the least of these reminds a selfish world of whst is right and All the Way to Heaven is an anthology of letters written by Dorothy Day from 1923 to 1980 I did some research to find out the year in which she was born which was 1897 if you were wondering This means that these letters began when she was approximately 26 and continued til February of 1980 when she was 82 years old This is impressive in and of itself Like most twenty somethings her early letters deal with love and relationships This first series was written ten years before she established the Catholic Worker movement By reading these letters we are able to see her life before God got a hold of herWe then see a dramatic shift in the next series of letters By this time she had become the leader of a lay movement and was addressing issues of labor and socialustice her focus had shifted towards helping others and away from herself The rest of the letters continue to show her spiritual growth and maturity as well as the advancement of her newspaper and the cause for which she fought her whole life social Making India Work justice Besides writing to ordinary lay people interested in her cause Dorothy Day also wrote to some of the most important people in her day including bishops and Thomas MertonI did not read all the letters as they span nearly 600 pages However during the ones I did read I found myself wishing to read the responses she received to these letters I feel it would have fleshed out the dialogue and made for interesting reading I did like that there was an index at the end as it was helpful if you were looking for a letter to a specific individual While this book isn t technically a biography it feels biographical in a way as you read through it Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review I won ALL THE WAY TO HEAVEN THE SELECTED LETTERS OF DOROTHY DAY by Dorothy Day as part of a GoodReads give away It was an interesting enough book but I guess a series of one way lettersust isn t my thing I did read the entire book ust to let you know but it was a slow process because of the letter thing Many of the people and references in the letters meant nothing to me Some of the letters recipients were perhaps people I had maybe heard about but many were complete strangers I have heard abo. “The publication of the letters of Dorothy Day is a significant event in the history of Christian spirituality” Jim Martin SJ author of My Life with the Saints Dorothy Day cofounder of the Catholic Worker movement has been called the most significant interesting and influential person in the history of American Catholicism Now the publication of her letters previously sealed for 25 years after her death and meticulously selected by Robert Ellsberg reveal.

Ut the Catholic Worker Movement and it was somewhat interesting to read about how it came to be and its evolution throughout the years That being said I came away feeling that Dorothy Day and her companions were very radical and liberal thinking Kind of over the edge to me They were activists of the most determined sort That can be good in some situations but not in all and I was left with the idea that in their beliefs it was the same for all types of situations I felt like she bordered on Socialism Communism or anarchism at the very least Sometimes during reading I was thinking Oh wow How weird and she thinks of herself as a good American and a good Catholic One thing I think of is her annual participation in protests of the city s civil defense drills which I have been told were in the same vein as fire drills and earthuake drills intended for people s safety How can a sensible person object to that even if one is against war There s one thing to care about the poor and down trodden but according to her letters I felt like she thought a person should devote all their time to that or none at all which is not very practical to most people So I guess that in addition to dealing with letters I had a difference of philosophy with her too She was extremely devoted to her ob of providing for the less than fortunate In many of her letters Dorothy Day was very encouraging to the recipient but many other times she came across as highly critical especially if the person had not taken Day s advice I am a Catholic and I have great belief in helping others and giving aid to the down and out BUT I also feel there needs eventually to be some effort on their own behalf I came away with the feeling that Dorothy Day believed in handouts without expecting people to attempt to contribute The book was an eye opener to the life of a woman that some Catholics are holding up for sainthood but who I do not see in even close to the same class as Mother Teresa Fascinating look into the life of a dedicated woman in touch with other passionate social change advocates one uote from p 304 we are getting the help we need little by little It is true that it is begging but the contempt that goes with it the standing before the udge over and over again the misrepresentations in the papers the being accused of being a slum landlord and exploiting the poor etc not to speak of my past life being dragged in again and again all goes with it so it must be pleasing to our Lord It s ust one uote from a 573 page book of letters but what I loved about the book is simply the way that Dorothy expressed herself The only reason I don t give it 5 stars is that it s a book As a non Catholic I have to admire Day s commitment to pa. S an extraordinary look at her daily struggles her hopes and her unwavering faithThis volume which extends from the early 1920s until the time of her death in 1980 offers a fascinating chronicle of her response to the vast changes in America the Church and the wider world Set against the backdrop of the Depression World War II the Cold War Vatican II Vietnam and the protests of the 1960s and ’70s she corresponded with a wide range of friends colleagues famil.

Dorothy Day was an American journalist social activist and devout Catholic convert In the 1930s Day worked closely with fellow activist Peter Maurin to establish the Catholic Worker movement a nonviolent pacifist movement that continues to combine direct aid for the poor and homeless with nonviolent direct action on their behalfA revered figure within the US Catholic community Day's caus