Catholics who don’t know the names of Peter Maurin (1877-1949) and Dorothy Day (1897-1980) ought to do some research. These two, I am becoming more convinced, are true holy people that we can reliably follow. That is, they will lead us to Christ. But don’t be fooled: neither are easily understood given what we face today, nor are they lukewarm about the Catholic faith they wholeheartedly embraced and lived.
Writing for Crisis Magazine online, Christopher Shannon said that “Day herself considered him the holiest man she ever knew, yet conceded he was something of an eccentric. Still, she remained convinced that he was a truly Christian eccentric, a holy fool in the tradition of St. Paul, or more specifically, St. Francis.”
Read the whole essay, “Peter Maurin: A Fool for Christ“, it is worth the time.
You may also want to read other recent works on the Servant of God Dorothy Day (who was also an Oblate of Saint Benedict):
- Dorothy Day, with Francis J. Sicius, Peter Maurin: Apostle to the World (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2004).
- Robert Ellsberg, ed., All the Way to Heaven: The Selected Letters of Dorothy Day (Milwaukee: Marquette UP, 2010).
- Jim Forest, All is Grace: A Biography of Dorothy Day (Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2011).
A year ago I sponsored an evening on Dorothy Day with Crossroads Cultural Center, here is the post from that event.