Kresta in the Afternoon – November 11, 2019 – Hour 1

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+  Dorothy Day's Radical Response to Mercy (2 segments)

  • Description: November 8 was the birthday of Servant of God Dorothy Day, one of America’s preeminent Catholic social activists. Terrence Wright joins us with a look at her radical response to Christ’s love and how she overcame an abortion and a suicide attempt to become a messenger of mercy.
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    • Terrence Wright
      Dr Terrence Wright is the author of Dorothy Day: An Introduction to Her Life and Thought. He's an Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Pre-Theology Program at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver. His academic interests include phenomenology and personalism, particularly the work of Edith Stein and Emmanuel Mounier. He has also published on the relationship between philosophy and literature.
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    • Dorothy Day: An Introduction to Her Life and Thought

      In this introduction to the life and thought of Dorothy Day, one of the most important lay Catholics of the twentieth century, Terrence Wright presents her radical response to God's mercy. After a period of darkness and sin, which included an abortion and a suicide attempt, Day had a profound awakening to God's unlimited love and mercy through the birth of her daughter.   After her conversion, Day answered the calling to bring God's mercy to others. With Peter Maurin, she founded the Catholic Worker Movement in 1933. Dedicated to both the spiritual and the corporal works of mercy, they established Houses of Hospitality, Catholic Worker Farms, and the Catholic Workernewspaper.   Drawing heavily from Day's own writings, this book reveals her love for Scripture, the sacraments, and the magisterial teaching of the Church. The author explores her philosophy and spirituality, including her devotion to Saints Francis, Benedict, and Thérèse. He also shows how her understanding of the Mystical Body of Christ led to some of her more controversial positions such as pacifism.   Since her death in 1980, Day continues to serve as a model of Christian love and commitment. She recognized Christ in the less fortunate and understood that to be a servant of these least among us is to be a servant of God. (learn more)

    • An Eye For Others: Dorothy Day, Journalist: 1916-1917

      “A nation can be considered great when it … strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed, as Dorothy Day did by her tireless work” (Pope Francis, Address to U.S. Congress). That work began in the autumn of 1916 when Dorothy was hired by The New York Call at the age of 18. Guided by two dozen articles with her byline, we encounter a writer at the outset of her career dedicated to changing a world indifferent to the plight of the less fortunate through journalism. Dorothy’s months at The Call coincide with the United States’ buildup for its entrance into the war raging in Europe. This drumbeat for war sets the pace as young Dorothy composes her articles as a pacifist and friend of the working poor. Those who know Dorothy through her later work will recognize her eye for others and her unwavering commitment to a peaceful society through mutual cooperation, justice and brotherly love. (learn more)

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