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Dorothy Day: A Saint for Our Times ?

“I think if she heard she was going to be a saint, her knees would buckle,” said Carmen Trotta, who has lived in the Catholic Worker house in the East Village since 1987 and occupies Ms. Day’s old bedroom.

Indeed, Ms. Day often reacted negatively when people praised her as saintlike.

“Don’t call me a saint,” she said in one frequently cited quip. “I don’t want to be dismissed that easily.”

Her admirers also do not want her to be so easily digestible. “If people hear about Dorothy Day from the Catholic hierarchy, they might get a misimpression of her,” Mr. Trotta said. “She was a rare breed: a Catholic pacifist who didn’t believe in war, a suffragist, a member of the Anti-Imperialist League.”

Source: New York Times

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