Three Wild and Radical Catholic Women
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, described as one of the most compelling Christian witnesses of the 20th century, established centers and communities of service around the globe for the sick, the homeless, the dying, and the unwanted.
Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and is active in 133 countries.
Honored by universities and a Nobel Peace Prize, she said, “We can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
And when people begged to travel to join her in her “wonderful work” in Calcutta, she told them sternly, “Find your own Calcutta!”
When Dorothy Day died(1980) at the age of 83, she was described as “the most influential and significant figure in the history of the American Catholic Church.”
Recently a group of Catholic journalists and theologians nominated her as the most important Catholic lay person of the century.
Ms Day was the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement.
She represented a new kind of political holiness – a way of serving Christ both through prayer and care for the poor.
Ms Day focused on solidarity with the poor in their struggle for justice.
She combined a traditional piety and radical social positions around pacificism, civil rights and what she called “the mystery of the poor.” “They are Jesus,” she said, “and what you do to them, you do to Him.”
Finally! In the Sunday New York times Magazine – a true radical
and at the Reflections on Womens Rights