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.
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:
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.