(Day 1993) (Day, From Union Square to Rome 2006)
 
 
 
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Dorothy Day, an American journalist was born in on November 8th, 1897 and later on November 29, 1980. Dorothy was an editor, Writer, social reformer, and then become a journalist where she wrote for various communist and publications in the year 1910-1920. As a reporter, Day did interview various public figures who had some impact on the community during that time (Day and Jordan n.d.)[1].  Leon Trotsky is one of the celebrities who talked with Dorothy Day.  Dorothy later left her journalist work and shifted to a social activist she aims to bring some change in the community. In the year 1932, Dorothy met an immigrant from France by the name Peter Maurin who a former Christian Brother. After Peter and Dorothy knowing each other made her convert to Christianity, and with Dorothy’s skills in journalism, they established a new paper by the title “The Catholic Worker” [2]which enhanced Catholic teachings as well as addressed societal concerns. The establishing of the newspaper was to strengthen and ensure the effectiveness of Dorothy and Peters efforts toward activism. The publication of “The Catholic Worker” newspaper was fruitful leading to the formation of “The Catholic Worker Movement” which was to challenge the social justice matters using and following the religious principles. “Catholic Worker Movement” addressed various issues which affected the society and believed in hospitality and generosity as their vital religious belief. Dorothy together with the movement, they did build and opened individual homes in efforts to assist the society members in need.  Dorothy did apply her knowledge in journalism to address and elaborate important issues with her Christianity religion. Despite “The Catholic Worker,” Dorothy wrote other personal narratives such as the book “From Union Square to Rome” where through the book she profoundly described her religious transformation [3]
Through her autobiographies, talks, and any other means that Dorothy Day used to express herself, she did portray her strong beliefs which she had towards Christianity. Among her convictions, Dorothy did emphasis more on those that had a significant impact on the society. As an activist and a Christian at the same time, Dorothy has certain principles towards charity and the great problem of poverty which faced the community then. Throughout her life, Dorothy did express her strong Christianity beliefs towards embracing and participating in charitable work to assist the needy. She elaborated that any act of charity is always rewarded in one or another as it is in the Christian beliefs. More so Dorothy Day believed that mistreating the poor is always regarded as a sin according to Christianity. Dorothy in one of her books a state that, “depriving the laborer” is one mortal sin man can ever commit, where she used quotations from the Bible to emphasize the same. More so, she did believe that showing off how successful one is also a sin since it may tempt the needy to sell out their freedom and righteousness in exchange for wealth. Dorothy Day also believed in that all men regardless of the family lineage are brothers, the belief in brotherhood was to facilitate healthy relationships between each other and realize humanity. Dorothy did request the Catholic to maintain and practice kindness to everyone one despite the physical differences. The rise of violence during her time, she discouraged the application of violence in efforts to attain social change. Through her books, Dorothy did elaborate her strong beliefs towards the need for peace and harmony among the people. She did illustrate that, with Christianity, brotherhood is the act of loving each other ready to provide help when needed to, it is so that God will recognize those who practice love even though they deny His presence.
Following her actions to communicate her Christianity, Dorothy in one of the autobiographies wrote about her beliefs in Catholic orthodoxy. In an interview with one of the Communist writers John Spivak, Dorothy was asked how she does believe in “The Virgin Birth,” “The Immaculate Conception,” death and resurrection. To respond, Dorothy indicates that she believes in the “Roman Catholic Church” all that is taught inside. More so, she did accept to following its authority once she converted to Christianity. She also says that she does believe in faith, hence believes in the Catholic orthodoxy. With her Christianity, she wrote an essay which illustrated her beliefs in that the laity should act independently towards the church order. In her essay, she wrote that “Let Catholics form their associations, hold their meetings in their own homes, or in a hired hall, or any place else. Nothing should stop them. Let the controversy come out into the open in this way.
Unlike other Christians in the past who were not ready to address the issue of sex, among the issues that Dorothy mentioned, sex was one of them. Attaching the matter to her Christianity beliefs and principles, she did warn all those portraying and describing pre-mature sex as a practice of freedom. Dorothy Day believed that once sex has received a light treatment and concern, or as a leisure exercise to satisfy human pressure it will change acquiring demonic characteristics. She demonstrated the practice of pre-mature sex as a crime as well as a sin according to Christianity. However, she did receive criticism some saying that she did not have any power over bhang smoking, sexual promiscuity, or any other victimless crimes. To preserve purity in the society, Dorothy believed that it would be wise for the community to fight against immoral practices which are taken lightly by the majority. Drug abuse, sexual immorality, and other related actions will only affect the continuity of the generations. She believed that the action between a man and a woman in their privacy was created for the two who has vowed to live together but not for entertainment purposes among us.
Christianity traits with Dorothy did ensure that she partake her activism practices in the right manner and realized changes in the society. More so, she fought and supported the poor providing them with their needs such as living places. Dorothy contribution did lead to the occurrence of crucial changes in The America; a lot of people have insisted that Dorothy should be recognized as one of the saints due to her commitment towards her faith as well as the full dedication towards social activism[4] In the year 2015, Pope Francis included her in the list of “the four great Americans,” alongside Thomas Merton, Martin Luther, and Abraham Lincoln.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
References
D, Miler W. A harsh and dreadfull love: Dorothy Day and Catholic Worker movement. Marquette University press, 2005.
Day, D. From Union Square to Rome . New York: Orbis Books, 2006.
—. The Catholic Worker. Westport: Greenwood Reprint Corp, 1993.
Day, Dorothy, and P. Jordan. Holding Nothing back: Writings by Dorothy Day. 2006.
 
 
[1]Hold nothing back: Writings by Dorothy Day, 2016, p. 77-94).
[2]   From Union Square to Rome  Day, 1933, p. 59-62)
[3] From Union Square to Rome (Day, 2006, p. 1-7)
[4]A harsh and dreadful love: Dorothy Day and the Catholic Worker Movement. Milwaukee  2005, p. 103-122).