O Most Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph

O Most Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph
In you we place all our faith and all our trust.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Homeschool Co-op's End-of-the-Year Picnic

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Last Thursday, May 24, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, our co-op had our end-of-the-year picnic and field day.  We had a lovely time.  There was time for free games for anyone who wanted to play their own games and organized games for the 3 age groups -- elementary, middle and high schoolers.  

Muddee played volleyball, cops & robbers, kickball and several versions of tag with the middle school group, while Serge played Capture the Flag and Ultimate Frisbee with the high school group.  

Honey got to connect and spend time with Caitie, her old friend from co-op, now that they're both home from college for the summer.  Bridget H and Annelle C  joined them as well.

Lunch time!  I took a couple of shots of the boys while they were lining up for food.

This is our 5th year at co-op, and my, how they've grown since we first joined in 2007.  They're all so tall now!

After lunch, all the kids had the traditional Squirt Gun Fight, which is always a blast for them!  Here are some pics of our boys after the fight.

All smiles!

Funny face!

Thank you, Lord, for holding off the rain till after the picnic!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Horrible Histories YouTube Clips - Part II

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Funny and not as gory as the books!  Supplement your family's World History studies with these amusing video clips!  The ones below don't contain scatological / off-color humor.  (For the most part!)   They last anywhere from 1 to 3 minutes.  Enjoy! 

Horrible Histories - Horatio Nelson 

Horrible Histories - George IV is Fat 

Horrible Histories - Francisco Pizarro's Very Rough Guide 

Horrible Histories - Draconian Law 

Horrible Histories - Saxon Invasion Invasion Invasion 

Horrible Histories - Viking Paramedics

To see more clips, go to Horrible Histories YouTube Clips - Part I.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Horrible Histories YouTube Clips - Part I

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If you'd like to watch some "Horrible Histories" video clips, here are some from YouTube.  They are fun supplements to the study of World History.  Some clips are more hilarious than others, and not as gory as the books.   There are a lot online. But as always, it's best to be selective because of scatological / off-color humor.  Below are some that, in my opinion, are funny and pretty OK (for the most part).  They last anywhere from 1 to 3 minutes.  Enjoy!  Sometimes you just have to laugh .... 

Horrible Histories - Mozart and Beethoven 

Horrible Histories - Henry VIII Online

Horrible Histories - Crimewatch BC 

Horrible Histories - New Victorian Maid

Horrible Histories - Scottish Puritans 

Horrible Histories - Mud and Matilda

Horrible Histories - Prudish Victorian


Some fantastic news!  Horrible Histories won Best Sketch Show at The British Comedy Awards 2011 for the second year running! Nice to see the judges still have good taste. 

To see more clips, go to Horrible Histories YouTube Clips - Part II.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Picasso: Love his ART, but not his private life!

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"Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." ~  Pablo Picasso

Last Saturday (May 5, 2012), we visited a special Picasso exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. Here's a picture of Robs and the boys at the NGA's side entrance, with a poster of Picasso's self-portrait as a young man, above the door.

An introduction to the exhibit from the NGA website:

"Pablo Picasso (1881–1973) is generally acknowledged as the greatest draftsman of the 20th century. Through some 55 works, the exhibition presents the dazzling development of Picasso's drawings over a 30-year period—from the precocious academic exercises of his youth in the 1890s to the virtuoso works of the early 1920s, including the radical innovations of cubism and collage. This exhibit is the first to focus on his major drawings, watercolors, pastels, and collages."

The exhibition was called "Picasso's Drawings, 1890-1921: Reinventing Tradition." The works were presented chronologically, from early academic studies and life drawing to preparatory drawings for paintings, major independent and finished drawings made for sale, and portraits of family and friends in all media.

It was fascinating to see his classical training background and his transition to abstract art, some of which I'd like to show in this blogpost, using a combination of works from the exhibition and online.


Pablo Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish painter, draftsman, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer. He was one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century. He co-founded the Cubist movement, as well as co-invented collage.

Picasso demonstrated extraordinary artistic talent in his early years, painting in a realistic manner through his childhood and adolescence. During the first decade of the 20th century his style changed as he experimented with different theories, techniques, and ideas. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments brought him universal renown and immense fortune, making him one of the best-known figures in 20th century art.


Picasso was born on the 25th October 1881 in Malaga, in southern Spain. Called Pablo Ruiz Picasso after his father and mother, Jose Ruiz Blasco and Maria Picasso Lopez, he later dropped his father's surname to become simply Pablo Picasso.

Picasso’s father was also a painter, who specialized in naturalistic depictions of birds and other game. For most of his life, Ruiz was a professor of art at the School of Crafts and a curator of a local museum. Below is a painting by him.

Pigeons, 1888 by Don Jose Ruiz Blasco (Picasso's father) 

Picasso showed a passion and a skill for drawing from an early age. From the age of seven, he received formal artistic training from his father in figure drawing and oil painting.

The exhibition we visited at NGA opened with a selection of the most accomplished drawings from his childhood, including Hercules (1890)—his earliest known drawing.

"Hercules" (1890), done in pencil on paper when Picasso was 8 or 9.

"I never did children's drawings. Not even when I was very small - never," Picasso commented to art critic Helene Parmelin. "In my father's home there was a Hercules with his club in the passage. So, I went into the passage and drew him. But that was no child's drawing. It was a fully-fledged drawing depicting Hercules holding his club." (Ocaña 1997)

As a young boy, Picasso became preoccupied with art to the detriment of his classwork. At the tender age of 9, he completed his first painting: Le picador, a man riding a horse in a bullfight.

Pablo's First Drawing:
Le Picador by Pablo Picasso

Ruiz was a traditional, academic artist and instructor who believed that proper training required disciplined copying of the masters, and drawing the human body from plaster casts and live models.

At the age of 10, Picasso started formal art training in La Coruña, where he copied classical drawings and models as part of his drawing exercises. The two drawings depicted below were done at the age of 11 during Picasso's first year of training.
As you can see from the detail and shading, Picasso was attune to the subtle shadows cast by the plaster model, and even at such a young age, was capable of capturing a high sense of realism.

La Coruna, 1892-1893
Charcoal and conte pencil on paper


Study of a Torso, After a Plaster Cast, 1893-94
by Picasso, age 12 or 13  (Musée Picasso)

By age 14, he had mastered the conventions of classical draftsmanship through intense academic study and hard work, exemplified above in Study of a Torso (1895).

Self-Portrait, 1901/1902

To see more of Picasso's enormous talent as a young man:

click here for some of his paintings from 1893-1896,
click here for several from 1897-1899,
click here for more representational paintings* in 1900,
click here to see more of his genius as shown in these 1901 paintings.

* By "representational," I mean still "recognizable" work, compared to his later abstract art.

Text Sources:  #1, #2, #3

Horrible Books Review

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Some Moms recently asked me some questions about these books after I sent out an e-mail, sharing that the books (which aren't easy to find here in the U.S.) could be purchased for less at the Book Depository with their extra 10% discount offer going on till mid-May.  This was my reply:

I think that these books are such great fun!  They add to the enjoyment of learning History, Geography, Science, etc. But I only allow my teen, SLES-D, to read the books on his own and not my middle schooler, Muddee, who just turned 12. SLES-D, whose favorite subject is History, is old enough to handle some of the content -- but we have lots of discussions to make sure he knows right from wrong, based on our faith / morals.

As for Muddee, because of the gore and the mature subject matter that comes with History, I read the books aloud to him instead, so I can skip the intense / gruesome parts that may scare him. They're definitely not for the faint of heart! They're filled with gross and grisly bits that are tongue-in-cheek, but they offer a wealth of historical detail that teaches and, at the same time, entertains kids and adults alike with their crazy, outrageous humor.

horrible histories terry deary Image 2

As one reviewer said, "They offer realism cloaked hilariously in jokes." Because they're engaging, educational and funny, I thought they were worth reading aloud selectively to Muddee. How often do we come across something that teaches and makes us laugh?  

Just to be clear, though -- I do not condone violence, nor do I think children should be exposed to graphic elements too early. The books actually emphasize that we all run the dangers of being like our wicked past, and should learn from our histories to be better people. The "Villains' Handbook," for example, lists useful villain tips, and one of them is -- why you really don't want to be one. 

Anyway, the books serve as fun supplementals for "informal" reading rather than primary History texts. It's great trivia for those who already have a basic knowledge of the historical period. Some parents prefer to have their kids read the books AFTER they understand the basics of the era. But since they're fun, quick reads, others like to use them for introducing children to history.  

Horrible Histories, Georgian Woman

Also, Nancy Silverrod of the San Francisco Public Library wrote (paraphrased): Because of the limited number of pages, the scope is cursory, and therefore not useful for reports. But readers will still be fascinated ... there is enough here to whet their appetite for more research. A great choice for reluctant readers.  

From another reviewer: "Are the books chock-full of historical facts guaranteed to allow someone to walk away, thinking they know everything about the Middle Ages, Greece, Rome, France, or any of Deary's other topics? No, of course not. Are the books a wonderfully entertaining (and illustrated!) way of addressing what can admittedly be a bit of a dry topic? Of course! ... And the better you know the original, the more funny and entertaining the condensed versions are."

Horrible Histories, Dick Turpin, "The Spurious Highwayman" in 1730s England. His exploits were romanticized, following his execution in York for horse theft. (Wikipedia)

Target Audience:

BTW, don't let the juvenile presentation of the book deter you from reading it either. It's really a fun read for teens and adults alike. Our whole family enjoys it (including my dear husband)! In fact, when a few "Horrible Histories" CDs, that I had ordered, arrived; we played them in the car (forwarding the gory parts, of course), and my husband thought it was hysterical.

Because they're written at the middle school level, many people recommend them for 9-15 year olds. But in my opinion, the content is too mature for middle schoolers and younger kids. One 8 year-old boy found the jokes and facts a little intense / scary. Wars, battles, hygiene practices, etc., are all discussed. So for independent reading, they're definitely for older kids / teens. They're not for sensitive children -- unless you read the books aloud to them and skip all the gore, which as I've said, has worked well for us.

Historical Accuracy:

The comments below (some conflict, though) are from Amazon reviewers, who've specialized in History (as historians, teachers or History major graduates): 

1. "The title of the series clearly states that this series is NOT balanced nor is it meant to be. These are not text books, nor are they edited, censured, generic, whitewashes of history. Obviously written for adolescent entertainment, the learning aspect is strictly an added bonus."

2. Liberal amounts of humor and "grossness" hold the interest of late-elementary to middle school aged kids - especially boys. The books are, however, very accurate and up to date on facts.

3. The series is a terrific launching point for introducing a time in history or supplementing history curriculum with an "out-of-the-box" look at a time period or group.

4. If you are taking your history with a grain of salt, this is a good book for a few laughs.

5. A few things seem to be more legend than facts. But still, these do contain tons of great information presented in a way that kids really enjoy.

horrible histories

The TV version is a huge hit in Britain!

Watch out for these:

In some places (not in all), the series is politically correct, evolutionist and shows an anti-Christian bent -- another reason why I prefer to read them aloud selectively to my boys. (My teen, who isn't into the Science series -- just his personal preference -- doesn't always read every one of them on his own.) I help them watch out for inappropriate material, and we discuss them together. I do think it's better that they discuss controversial matters with me or hubby than with inexperienced peers and/or adults, who may lack moral / religious formation. 

"The Stormin' Normans," for example, has some passive-aggressive comments about Christianity. Deary, the author, is very candid about the atrocities the Church committed when he's writing history. Funny thing, though, is that he uses the notations B.C. and A.D., instead of B.C.E. and C.E. for his dates.

Murderous Maths:

We only have 2 books from this series -- Awesome Arithmetricks, and I can't remember the name of the other one .... It's exactly what it says on the front cover -- "maths with the laughs added in." Nice thing about it (at least, with THIS book) is that it's less gory than Horrible Histories, Horrible Geography and Horrible Science because it just goes about explaining essential arithmetic in a lively way, with cartoon illustrations and all.

Hope this has helped some!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Around the World Embassy Tour 2012: Embassy of Japan

Last Saturday, Robs, the boys and I went to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Passport D.C. 2012 (5 years of unforgettable global journeys through the nation's capital) by going on the "Around the World Embassy Tour."

From the Passport D.C. brochure:

The international community is such a large part of D.C. culture. Being able to explore the world without leaving your neighborhood is a unique feature that D.C. can offer visitors. We’re proud to support building appreciation for the world’s many cultures in our own community.

More than 40 embassies, representing six continents, invite the public to sample extraordinary delights inside their stately mansions and exclusive compounds. Experience food, art, dance, and music. 

What a wonderful opportunity for everyone to "travel and see the world" without the jet lag!  Our first stop was the Embassy of Japan in Massachussetts Avenue.

We finally reached the gates.

And we were in the compound ....

We were hoping that the embassy would look more, well, Japanese ... but their Western-style building still looked nice and solid. Since May 5 is Children's Day, an annual holiday in Japan (nice coincidence that we were there on that day), they had fish kites flying on their flag pole.

Children's Day, which is always on the fifth day of the fifth month, is a national holiday in Japan.  It is when families celebrate the healthy growth and happiness of children.  

The most visible symbol of Children's Day to most people is the koinobori, or fish kite (sometimes called a koi kite or carp kite).  These are colorful windsocks shaped like a long koi.  They are usually tied to a bamboo pole, where the wind catches them and makes them look like they're "swimming."

Families with boys fly huge carp-shaped streamers outside the house and display dolls of famous warriors and other heroes inside. The carp was chosen because it symbolizes strength and success.

According to a Chinese legend, a carp swam upstream to become a dragon.  Since it is energetic and courageous in the way it goes against the current -- it leaps out of the water when it swims -- the koi is a metaphor for parents' hopes for their children, particularly their sons.

After passing by a table where they served us cups of Green Tea, we finally got in the embassy. It was nice to be on foreign soil without having to fly!

Inside, there were displays of traditional Japanese items.

Dolls and Kites

Close-up view of dolls in Japanese costume.

A Little Kite History

The exact date and origin of the kite is not known but it is believed that they were flown in China more than two thousand years ago. One legend suggests that when a Chinese farmer tied a string to his hat to keep it from blowing away in a strong wind, the first kite was born.

Kites were brought to Japan about the 7th century by Buddhist monks from China. They were used to avert evil spirits and to insure rich harvests.

There are about 130 different styles and types of Japanese kites. Each region has its own unique shape. They are normally decorated with characters from Japanese folklore, mythology or have some religious or symbolic meaning.  

All are painted with bright colored natural dyes, sumi (black ink) and constructed from washi paper (hand made paper) and bamboo, or where bamboo is difficult to grow, cypress wood.  Traditionally kites are flown on Children's Day, at religious festivals, public holidays and New Year. 

Based on research, this may be an AIZU-TOJIN kite, which has a peculiar shape compared to other kites. 

This kite may be the EDO or EDO KAKU.  'Edo' is the old name of Tokyo.  One of the most decorative kites today in Japan, it is very popular. Its painting design usually depicts famous historical stories or traditional stories in Japan.

YAKKO-dako is also one of  Japan's most popular kites.  "Yakko" means 'a servant' in ancient times.

I wasn't able to thoroughly read the label and description of this piece, but if I'm not mistaken, it's a miniature model of an elegant Japanese costume.

The traditional Japanese wedding gown is a beautiful garment that can be worn by a person of any size. If a Japanese couple decides to have a Buddhist ceremony or simply a reception party with no religious ceremony at all, the bride would wear an elaborately designed and very colorful, silk kimono like this one. It is a formal gown passed down the ages and still used today as a traditional bridal dress.

If the couple decides to have a Shinto ceremony, the bride will wear a traditional, white bridal kimono, like the one pictured below (though this was not at the embassy exhibit). In Japan, white symbolizes purity, elegance and "new beginning."

These were just some of the things on display at the embassy. On our way out, we posed with a man in a Japanese warrior costume.

And that was our little trip to Japan.
 さよなら今 (Bye now!)


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Quotes: Blessed Hildegard von Bingen

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Painting of Hildegard von Bingen by Tricia Danby

The Creator and Lord of all so loved the world, that He sent His Son for its salvation, the Prince and Savior of the faithful,  who washed and dried our wounds, and from Him also came that most sweet medicine, from which all the good things of salvation flow.   

On Worship:

Be not lax in celebrating.  Be not lazy in the festive service of God.  Be ablaze with enthusiasm.  Let us be an alive, burning offering before the altar of God.

On Humility: 

Thus beware lest you attribute to yourself alone those good qualities which are yours in both your spirit and your works. Rather, attribute them to God, from whom all virtues proceed like sparks from a fire . . .  For whoever is aware that he has good qualities, but ascribes them to himself alone, that person is like an infidel who worships only the works of his own hands.

New Doctor of the Church to be Appointed

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December 16, 2011. (

Benedict XVI is set to appoint Blessed Hildegard of Bingen as a Doctor of the Church in October of 2012. She was a German Benedictine nun and was known for her visions and prophecies.  

Hildegard of Bingen lived in the twelfth century. In addition to being a nun, she was a composer, philosopher, physicist and ecologist. A multi-talented woman, and a pioneer for many of these fields during the Middle Ages.

She came from a wealthy family and when she was only eight years old was sent to study in a monastery. She eventually decided to become a nun and later became an abbess.

Her visions and prophecies were recognized by the pope during that time, allowing her to speak about them publicly. 

Since she has not been officially canonized, the ceremony is likely to take place before the pope names her as a Doctor of the Church in October. 

Benedict XVI dedicated several of his general audiences to this German nun, saying that she “served the Church in an age in which it was wounded by the sins of priests and laity”.

“She brought a woman’s insight to the mysteries of the faith. In her many works she contemplated the mystic marriage between God and humanity accomplished in the Incarnation, as well as the spousal union of Christ and the Church. She also explored the vital relationship between God and creation, and our human calling to give glory to God by a life of holiness and virtue.”

So far there are 33 doctors of the Church, only 3 of whom are women. During World Youth Day, Benedict XVI also announced that the Spanish San Juan de Avila would also be appointed as a Doctor of the Church.

With this appointment, the Church recognizes a person's contribution to Catholic theology, which is still felt despite the passage of time.


Dorothy Day, Servant of God (1897 – 1980)

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Dorothy Day Icon

A painting by Nicholas Brian Tsai. The original hangs in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Oakland, CA. The painter is a member of Holy Trinity Orthodox Cathedral in San Francisco.

The other weekend, Robs and I watched the film, "Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story," a biopic about the early life of Catholic Worker founder, Dorothy Day, played by Catholic actress, Moira Kelly.

According to Wikipedia, Day was an American journalist, a social activist and a devout Catholic convert.  While watching the movie, I didn't really relate to her political and social activism, which the film focused on.  I was only interested in the spiritual dimension of her story and was touched more by her conversion and her way to holiness.  I later on found this blurb from her Wikipage, which I thought was interesting:

Spiritual Awakening 

Dorothy's parents were nominal Christians, rarely attending church. As a young child, she showed a marked religious streak, though, reading the Bible frequently. 

(That means, even though she was born in a secular-minded family, God had gifted her with a spiritual nature that made her attracted to religion.  Interesting .... )  

When she was ten she started to attend an Episcopalian church, after its rector had convinced their mother to let the Day brothers join the church choir.  She became taken with the liturgy and its music.  She studied the catechism, and was baptized and confirmed in the church. 

(Wow, and to think that she did all of this on her own at a young age and without any encouragement from her parents.)

Despite this, she saw herself as agnostic.

(Unfortunately, without any religious guidance from her family, she still lacked the spiritual formation needed to go in the right direction.  Just goes to show how important it is to have, not only a loving family, but one that fervently practices the Faith.  Still, God was already wooing her .... )

February 9, 1917
Initially Day lived a bohemian life, with one common-law marriage and an abortion,  During this period, however, Day began a period of spiritual awakening which would lead her to embrace Catholicism. She had picked up a rosary in New Orleans during the course of her many moves around the country, and would start to recite the canticles she had learned at her childhood church in Chicago. She began to attend Mass on Sundays at the nearby Catholic church. 

After the birth of her daughter, Tamar Teresa (1926–2008), Day chanced to meet Sister Aloysius, S.C., a Roman Catholic Religious Sister, walking down her street. She asked the Sister how she could have the child baptized. Sister Aloysius helped her, requiring Day to memorize the Baltimore Catechism for this.  

With Tamar, c. 1932

Later on, she went to Sister Aloysius to arrange for her own admission to the Catholic Church. This took place in December 1927, with conditional baptism (due to her prior baptism in the Episcopalian Church) at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish on Staten Island, New York.  Immediately after her baptism, she made her first Confession, and she made her First Communion the following day.  


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 behalf.  Inspired by the Catholic radicalism of Peter Maurin (played in the film by Catholic actor, Martin Sheen), Day set up "The Catholic Worker" as a voice for the poor.  She devoted much of her time to feeding and sheltering New York City's dispossessed men, women, and children. Day said she saw the face of God in these suffering people.

In the early 1940s, she became an Benedictine oblate, which gave her a spiritual practice and connection that sustained her throughout the rest of her life.  

For the last fifty years of her life, she was an activist for the homeless. She founded the Catholic Worker newspaper and social organization, both of which are currently still active. During the war years and the decades that followed, she was jailed numerous times for participating in anti-war and anti-nuclear marches. Around the middle of the century, she was widely regarded as a communist, but, by the time of her death, many viewed her as a living saint.

The cause for Day's canonization is open in the Catholic Church.

It was interesting to find out more about Dorothy Day's life, but the film, for me, was not one of the best.  I would have loved to see more of her interior spiritual progress, and how her faith was a great source of strength for her work, in the same way that Mother Teresa and her Missionaries of Charity relied solely on God and their faith in Him to carry out theirs.  

Yes, Day was a tireless and outspoken champion of the rights of the poor and disenfranchised, but she was not a mere social worker.  The power of her faith and love for God, whom she saw in the poor, was the driving force behind her work.  Because the movie did not develop this most important aspect, it lacked the depth.  One reviewer wrote:

Ultimately, ... too much is skimmed over or completely ignored by this film. We see Day convert, but none of the powerful emotional and spiritual forces leading up to that crucial moment are shown. 

There was one scene, though, that really moved me, and that was when a drunken prostitute named Maggie (played by actress, Heather Graham) stole her money and physically attacked her.  Day initially reacted in anger and was about to hit her back with the cane Maggie used to beat her when, all of a sudden, the Grace of God overcame her, and she was struck by the act of violence she was about to commit -- on this person in front of her, who was, in reality, not the enemy, but Christ -- in the distressing disguise of a poor, lost, broken soul, desperately in need of love.  

Day put down the cane and embraced Maggie  instead, telling her that she loved her and that she was beautiful.  Maggie, taken aback, resisted at first.  But crying bitterly, she finally surrendered to Dorothy's embrace and accepted her loving comfort.

To attain to that level of sanctity, to help others in this way and show them Christ's Love ~ that is the goal, a goal that I can only pray for because I am so weak.

Prayer For The Canonization
of Servant of God
Dorothy Day

Merciful God, you called your servant
Dorothy Day to show us the face of
Jesus in the poor and forsaken.
By constant practice
of the works of mercy,
she embraced poverty and witnessed
steadfastly to justice and peace.
Count her among your saints
and lead us all to become friends of
the poor ones of the earth,
and to recognize you in them.
We ask this through your Son
Jesus Christ, bringer of good news
to the poor. 


Quotes from Dorothy Day:

We are not expecting Utopia here on this earth. But God meant things to be much easier than we have made them. A man has a natural right to food, clothing, and shelter.  A certain amount of goods is necessary to lead a good life. A family needs work as well as bread. Property is proper to man. We must keep repeating these things. Eternal life begins now.  All the way to heaven is heaven, because He said, "I am the Way." The cross is there, of course, but "in the cross is joy of spirit." And love makes all things easy.

~  On Pilgrimage, 1948

The best thing to do with the best things in life is to give them up.

~  Interviewed in Time (29 December 1975)

Our rule is the works of mercy….   It is the way of sacrifice, worship, a sense of reverence.

~  As quoted in The Encyclopedia of American Catholic History (1997)

Variant: [Practicing] the works of mercy ... is our program, our rule of life.

~  As quoted in The Catholic Worker after Dorothy: Practicing the Works of Mercy in a New Generation (2008) by Dan McKanan

Promotional tagline for the film, "Entertaining Angels : The Dorothy Day Story (1996):"

The title refers to the practice endorsed in the early Christian teachings of St.Paul, of treating strangers as angels or visiting emissaries of royalty or divinity, as written in Hebrews 13:2 ~  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Dorothy Day, Servant of God, pray for us!



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