Pope Francis mentioned Dorothy Day in his speech ( See Full Text of Papal Speech Here)
“Sen. Bernie Sanders was the lone Democratic presidential hopeful — and the only Jewish contender — in the House chamber for Pope Francis’s speech. When he left, he was beaming, as the Pope had cited an American Catholic whom Sanders had plenty of praise for.
“The name Dorothy Day has not been used in the United States Congress terribly often,” said Sanders in a short interview.
“She was a valiant fighter for workers, was very strong in her belief for social justice, and I think it was extraordinary that he cited her as one of the most important people in recent American history. This would be one of the very, very few times that somebody as radical as Dorothy Day was mentioned.”
The Pope Said:
In these times when social concerns are so important, I cannot fail to mention the Servant of God Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement. Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints.
How much progress has been made in this area in so many parts of the world! How much has been done in these first years of the third millennium to raise people out of extreme poverty! I know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done, and that in times of crisis and economic hardship a spirit of global solidarity must not be lost. At the same time I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. They too need to be given hope. The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its causes. I know that many Americans today, as in the past, are working to deal with this problem.
DOROTHY DAY Quotes: Here
“As for ourselves, yes, we must be meek, bear injustice, malice, rash judgment. We must turn the other cheek, give up our cloak, go a second mile.”
We cannot build up the idea of the apostolate of the laity without the foundation of the liturgy.