Saturday, July 28, 2012

"Just now a knock came at the door": A lovely passage from Dorothy Day's diary

I am reading Dorothy Day's diaries, and I call attention to this lovely passage from her June 20, 1950 entry:
Just now a knock came at the door and a young man wanted to spend the night. I told him to go eat but that we could not put him up. Always this impulse to say no. Yet each such encounter is an opportunity to see Christ in the other. Our brother. So I left the conference and told him to stay. He will make the conference tonight, Benediction, Mass in the morning. Who knows but that God would miss these prayers that might have been said, this praise, this thanks, this glory, no matter how inarticulate our brother is. (p. 137)

Ellsberg, Robert (ed.). The Duty of Delight: The Diaries of Dorothy Day. Milwaukee: Marquette University Press, 2008.

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