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The Duty of Delight The Diaries of Dorothy Day ❰Ebook❯ ➠ The Duty of Delight The Diaries of Dorothy Day Author Dorothy Day – For almost fifty years through her tireless service to the poor and her courageous witness for peace Dorothy Day offered an example of the gospel in action Now the publication of her diaries previousl of Delight PDF/EPUB ä For almost fifty years through her tireless service to the poor and her courageous witness for peace Dorothy Day offered an example of the gospel in action Now the publication of her diaries previously sealed Duty of Delight The Diaries PDF \ for twenty five years after her death offers a uniuely intimate portrait of her struggles and concerns Beginning in The Duty PDF or and ending in these diaries reflect her response to the vast changes in America the Church and the wider world Day experienced most of the great social movements of her time but as these diaries reveal even while she labored for a transformed world she simultaneously remained grounded in everyday human life the demands Duty of Delight PDF ☆ of her extended Catholic worker family; her struggles to be patient and charitable; the discipline of prayer and worship that structured her days; her efforts to find God in all the tasks and encounters of daily life  A story of faithful striving for holiness and the radical transformation of the world Day’s life challenges readers Duty of Delight The Diaries PDF \ to imagine what it would be like to live as if the gospels were true.

10 thoughts on “The Duty of Delight The Diaries of Dorothy Day

  1. Michael Clevenger Michael Clevenger says:

    My heroine I love how radical this lady wasSome uotes that stood out“She believed that each act of love each work of mercy might increase the balance of love in the world And she extended this principle to the social sphere Each act of protest or witness for peace— though apparently foolish and ineffective no than a pebble in a pond— might send forth ripples that could transform the world”Dorothy wrote We are our brother's keeper Whatever we have beyond our own needs belongs to the poorAnd it is sad but true that we must give far than bread than shelter We must give ourselvesUse the inconspicuous events and situations of everyday life as material for sanctification Do it in obscurity It is however just about the most difficult thing to do The final word is love Dorothy wrote and she knew that love is not child's play At times it has been in the words of Father Zossima in Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov a harsh and dreadful thing and our very faith in love has been tried through fire Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreamsWhile she was visiting the Calcutta Missionaries of Charity in 1970 Dorothy told of her refusal and the refusal of other Catholic Workers to interrupt the works of mercy even in wartime when Jesus' command to love the enemy was replaced by the command of the state to kill starve and maim the enemy She explained that her manifesto when the Second World War was declared was the Sermon on the Mount The Catholic Worker movement she went on took Jesus at His word when He told His followers to do good in return for evil thus overcoming evil by good not by violenceIn 1976 Dorothy Day and Mother Teresa attended the Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia They were invited to speak on the topic of Woman and the Eucharist on August 6 the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima Dorothy at seventy nine years of age in what would be her last public speech chided the congress organizers for overlooking the anniversary of the atomic bombing and holding instead a Mass for the military Our Creator gave us life and the Eucharist to sustain life she told the assembly who interrupted her speech with applause But we have given the world instruments of death of inconceivable magnitude Women are born to nourish not to destroy life

  2. Douglas Donaldson Douglas Donaldson says:

    This book combines the various journals kept by Dorothy Day into one readable volume The founder of the Catholic Worker social movement in the 1930s the entries begin in 1932 and continue until her death What I have read so far documents the beginning of the Hospitality Houses nation wide during the depression and the struggles to keep them in operation Eventually the book will take me through her work during WW II the Vietnam war and the racial unrest of the 1960's and her last three decades I'm loving it

  3. Seth Forwood Seth Forwood says:

    This review was orignially written for the Advent 2011 print edition of the Englewood Review of Books Duty of Delight The Diaries of Dorothy DayReviewed by Seth Forwood As I was nearing the end of the book and the vibrant life so sharpened by “harsh and dreadful love” begins to be muffled into the silence of death a deep sadness surprised me I plodded through the brief diary entries describing an 83 year old confined to an upper room at a House of Hospitality for women ending the near 700 page collection with a somber turn of the page as smooth and uiet as drawing a sheet over the face of the dead Part of this sadness was due to a friend similar in spirituality and social justice recently dying Yet the palpable sense of loss is the same at the close of earthly life for any holy person whether a personal friend admired author or ancient mystic We are not done with them when they die Their lives have to show and teach us The Duty of Delight The Diaries of Dorothy Day is yet another avenue for those seeking to return to the especially compelling life of Dorothy DayThe Duty of Delight is not introductory reading for those interested in Dorothy Day’s life and work Dorothy Day’s own books especially From Union Suare to Rome The Long Loneliness and Loaves and Fishes collections of Catholic Worker writings and books written about Dorothy and the Catholic Worker would be better sources for a vision of the movement Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin began bent in works of mercyDorothy uses her diary as a record of her interior fluctuations a form of remembrance for her joy and catharsis in her sorrow She mentions that her worries and gripes are smoothed over and made trivial and her prayers are answered with the practise of writing out grievances in solitude In short the process of keeping her diary was often the purpose So the offerings of The Duty of Delight are not in its theoretical content Often Dorothy did not sharply separate her personal writings and published ones and there are ruminations on the work and purpose of the Catholic Worker and the Christian faith that propels that work But the uniue offering is in returning to Dorothy’s life from another angle removing the focus on her activism and attending to the mundane simple moments of human experience There is much about bothersome people daily tasks repetition and the smallness of these events is a window into how the readers of Dorothy Day do not need to become saints in order to begin practicing the works of mercy at the heart of the Christian lifeThe diary begins in the 1930’s about a year after the Catholic Worker’s first publication and continues with some interruptions and absences until nine days before Dorothy’s death in 1980 The passage of time is deceiving throughout the diary entries Robert Ellsberg tries to ground the diary in the wider world as much as possbile He provides excellent commentary at the beginning of each decade to establish the mood and scope of Dorothy’s life at the time There is a chronology at the beginning of the book and insertions of world events in the midst of the entries to try to root them in history Two moments in the diary seem to hold together several themes that provide the substance of the book Dorothy’s time in solitude in the Forties and Dorothy’s final years before death In the Forties a handful of years after reaching a circulation of 100000 the Catholic Worker drastically emptied Many despite the Catholic Worker’s firm pacifist position enlisted to join the front in WWII and Houses of Hospitality closed down In this dry period in Dorothy’s life several crucial influences appeared Father Roy and Father Hugo could be from the amount of repetition in Dorothy’s diary the most influential people in the life of her spirit Aside from leading retreats Father Hugo was her confessor and spiritual advisor and represented to her the personal voice of the Catholic tradition in which she desired to orient her life This presented a source of renewed spiritual life and also a struggle to find her way through obedience within tradition Some might put emphasis on where cardinals and catholic workers clashed but I believe this time of discipline helped Dorothy to embody obedience while following her conscience as to her work with the poor and for nonviolence under the banner of the Catholic churchUnder the advice of Father Hugo she went on sabbatical This was a time of obedience prayer and silence the potency of which set the foundation for the next forty years of work In this time apart surrounded by benedictine monks ushered into silence and solitude by Father Hugo Dorothy fed on prayer and rediscovered her vocation to live in community Community and it’s burdens were most often the source of the consternation Dorothy writes in her diary She complains of the smells sounds and habits of others who live with her She is frustrated with lackadaisical priests mumbling through Mass She grieves through the constant criticism and dispute over petty matters It was Christ that claimed Dorothy Day’s life and called her to life in a community not of her choosing but made up of the outcasts of other communities It was then the burden of community that called her to sustain the constant conflict and difficulty by returning to life of Christ in prayer penance and her belief in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist To borrow Stanley Hauerwas’ phrase it is hard to imagine a modern life that would make less sense if the one true God were not fully present in Jesus Christ During the dry spell of the Forties it seems that Dorothy clarifies both the demand upon her life and source of it The lessons of Dorothy Day’s spiritual discipline did not cease when her age began to limit her interaction with others Rather with her diaries for a witness her practiced disposition to prayer and “putting off the old and putting on Christ” blossom in the limitations of ageThe end of Dorothy’s life was one of the most moving sections of the collection The reader is so present to the turmoil and activity of most of Dorothy’s life that when she begins succumbing to old age the shift is tangible Yet the constant work on inner disposition and spiritual practice that Dorothy documents during the previous four decades enabled her to welcome the infirmities of old age in the Seventies When the final years approach they are tormented with the rapid closing in of existence The entire entry marked “September ‘77” follows “If I did not believe profoundly in the primacy of the spiritual the importance of prayer these would be hard days for me inactive as I am” Memory goes “I’m losing my mind” Dorothy writes near the end when she can’t remember what day it is when she wakes Time shifts imperceptibly and she is left adrift She is and bed ridden or hobbled to her room in Maryhouse Her world’s limits are all enclosed by the barriers of an aged body and she adapts her sense of the holy to the limits of her age Often she writes of the ailanthus tree outside her window or “little patches of green pushing out thru cracks in the sidewalk” She records simple little moments “Sun on tree ‘The world will be saved by beauty’” is all she writes for January 23 1978She retreats into far away memory of childhood her life with her common law husband and her friends before her conversion It seems as if after years of serving the stranger in Houses of Hospitality she returns in her memory and prayer to gather those who were once close and became strange after her conversion She remembers many old friends just by receiving news of their death Praying for the dead is a special practice for Dorothy It is a constant repetition throughout her diaries that “There is no time with God” Perhaps she was drawn to the outcast and lost so thoroughly that it was a natural compulsion to intercede for the dead Such is the constancy of Dorothy’s disposition that even while her life ebbed away she kept stoking the coals of prayer and thanksgiving gathering the beauty of God with those remembered and lostThen much too abruptly the entries cease and Dorothy dies Robert Ellsberg once again using his editor’s allowances to benefit the reader includes a prayer found in her final journal that gives some conclusion and summary to Dorothy Day’s life other than the silence of the diary It is a sign of our misattributed veneration of saints the topic of one of Dorothy’s most famous uotes “Don’t call me a saint I don’t want to be dismissed so easily” if in the shadow of her absence we lose sight of the life of Christ propelling Dorothy to such a radical and compelling existence To recognise this as the source of her commitment to works of mercy and peace means that the reader must acknowledge they too are provided everything needed to continue the work of Dorothy Day Those who have read much but done little in the way of the Catholic Worker’s works of mercy and peace should be challenged to begin in their own livesFor those busy at the works of mercy for the broken lost and poor Dorothy’s diary will be familiar in many ways The experience of being with the “least of these” is in turns so uniuely disappointing and strangely beautiful that it resonates on the page for those who have shared similar experiences The Duty of Delight provides solidarity and encouragement for those tiring of doing good Dorothy’s example is simple and reflective but has depth read the psalms find balance in a life full of prayer listen and learn from local spiritual teachers participate in the Eucharist as the very life of your body and soul In The Duty of Delight we find that these often hidden acts of prayer and worship sustained one of the most compelling Christian activists of our time It is a facet of Dorothy Day‘s life that provides a model of hope for those weary with work in the Kingdom of God and a challenge for those who consider that work reserved for holy individuals

  4. Bruce Bruce says:

    Edited daily notes from Day's lengthy career with the Catholic Worker houses that spanned over four decades It's not systematic at all she has written other books that do that but it does present her unvarnished reactions to situations and people that aren't always pretty That makes her all the admirable and accessible and inspiring she didn't do the things she did in her remarkable life because she was somehow superhuman but in spite of very human responses family worries and occasional health problems

  5. John John says:

    It took me several months to finish this collection of entires from Dorothy Day's diaries but it was worth it reading a few pages every now and thenDorothy Day is honest revealing her joys and sorrows lamenting her failures of impatience and judgment But her delight in the ordinary from the opera on the radio to a book by Dostoevsky to the pigeons on the house across the streetYou get a glimpse of her love for the poor and her struggle with enduring some of themThere are references to her public life as well as to the events of the dayIt's a book to be meditated over

  6. Kathyk21 Kathyk21 says:

    The Duty of Delight gives a deep look into the life and mind of a strong dedicated impassioned woman of the 20th century Dorothy Day was committed to living a life of poverty in order to serve the poor among whom she lived She was a gifted and talented writer who could easily have been popular and wealthy but she chose to give all she had to help the destitute These diaries begin in the 1930s and continue over 50 years Dorothy was an active participant in the history of those conflicted and dramatically changing years Reading her pacifist response to war; her refusal to support a government at war; her love for the Catholic Church; her totally immersed commitment to the poor throughout a lifetime of consistently living the values she held was painful Her view and care of the impoverished out of work drugalcohol dependent mentally ill was not romantic It was dirty smelly noisy bug infested and unappreciated The poor she served complained lied to and stole from her Church leaders uestioned her activities The US government harassed her with law suits and imprisonment Reading her diaries left many uestions about serving the poor and Dorothy's contribution True believers of the Occupy movement would be well advised to learn from Dorothy Day's commitment to making the world a place where people can be better human beings This was a challenging book to read because while I am sure there has been much editing done to the number of journal entries much editing is needed There seemed to be far too many entries which added little to an understanding of Dorothy The footnotes and editorial comments were of tremendous help in understanding people and events that were concurrent with Dorothy’s journal entriesIf you have a great desire to look into Dorothy Day’s life and heart I strongly recommend The Duty of Delight She is an enigma a sinner a saint a very controversial person

  7. Darleen Darleen says:

    This took me almost a year to read but thankfully diaries allow for days and weeks in between reading Overall I deeply appreciated Dorothy Day's reflections on life experiences current affairs and especially the books she read She was an avid reader I wish the editor had made a list of all the books she mentions Instead I made a list of them myself until I ran out of space in the extra pages in back It offers a rich array of books and articles The range of fiction she read is especially impressive If someone is looking to write a dissertation or book on Dorothy Day a study of her reading would be interestingIn addition I found her honest acceptance and matter of fact processing of her uirks and foibles reassuring Over and over she would notice after the fact how she had lost her temper; she would bring this to prayer; she would make amends sometimes; and she would resolve to act differently And finally her reflections on the myriad of challenges in Catholic Worker reveal her perseverance in the face of trialsTo satisfy my own curiosity I wish she had processed deeply some of her beliefs Instead she often merely states them and moves on For example she made it clear that she is not a feminist but doesn't really explain why But these are her diaries She didn't need to explain or justify She clearly wasn't using her diaries to rehearse justifications of anything she believedThe entries in the last year or so of her life become consistently brief and she comments regularly on her forgetfulness and other factors of her old age I found these to be important reflections in their own right on aging and coming to the end of lifeI annotated my copy heavily so I can go back and reread sections I doubt I'll reread the entire thing but am glad I made it through once

  8. Stuart Stuart says:

    The book begins with an introduction describing how Dorothy Day kept a diary when she was younger In doing so she felt recording happiness made it last longer and recording sorrow dramatized it and took away its bitterness This habit she developed at an early age was maintained probably with less freuency in her adulthood as well The introduction also tells us that her words derived their meaning from the consistency courage and faithfulness of her life The book then provides us a chronology from 1932 to 1980 which gives the reader context for the diary entries that are upcoming The book is then divided into six parts by decades 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s and 1980 Each part provides some further background information to give us additional context for the time period and what was going on in her life at the time At 700 pages this is a very thick book I don't plan on reviewing this title as I wouldn't want someone to review my personal diary if I kept one I will just say that the book is well organized and provides us great insight into the mind and reality of this possibly soon to be saint If you would like to know about her than just what was written about her then you should check out this book and its companion book All the Way to Heaven

  9. Wade Wade says:

    These are the edited diaries of Catholic social activist Dorothy Day released per her wishes 25 years after her death The diaries trace her personal reflections on the Catholic Worker and Houses of Hospitality their struggles financially politically and with the Church heirarchy Ellsberg has helpfully and judiciously added notes to the text supplying a first or last name when omitted by Day explaining long gaps in the diaries or providing context for major events that are not noted explicitly by Day herself Often he uotes from her other writings to provide a description of a person when they are introduced to the diariesreturnreturnA uestion raised in other LT reviews is whether this is best read on its own and whether a linear straight through reading is useful The timespan covered here is immense and some of the entries seem to be repetitive or add little; however it is the accumulation of these details that flesh out the picture of how Day's activism for the poor and for peace spring from her faith I would agree however that reading her other pieces especially biographical work is a useful precursor to reading the diaries themselves

  10. J.D. J.D. says:

    The subtitle to this is exactly what you're getting this book The Diaries of Dorothy Day Covering several centuries although these were edited down to included only those selected for the book you truly get much of day to day life from her Many of her diaries don't seem to cover the big events that take place throughout her life but the normal occurrences and reactions to living in the community being a person of influence and her interaction with faith Unfortunately there is very little time given in the book with extra context of what was going on so I would mostly recommend this book for anyone who has a pretty good understanding of her life This is definitely not for the casual reader I would have appreciated this book a large amount if the book was the same size but was split eually between a biographical element and her letters As it stands there were large segments that were exceptionally mundane unless you were a direct associate of hers

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