Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Dorothy Day Guild

Brockport librarian promotes cause of Dorothy Day.

What is a saint? Like many words in our language, the meaning of the word "saint" has evolved. Lawrence Cunningham captures the essence of the word in his book, The Meaning of the Saints. He writes, the saints "give us the encouragement to be more self-giving, more loving, less inclined to hate, more compelled to love. They invite us, in short, to transcend ourselves."

One candidate for sainthood fits the description. Dorothy Day (1897-1980) founded the Catholic Worker Movement, a lay apostolate that promotes ideals of voluntary poverty, prayer, hospitality, and nonviolence. From its humble beginnings in New York City, the movement has grown to over 185 communities across the country.

Librarian Bob Gilliam of Brockport was a volunteer with the Catholic Worker and knew Day. He is a member of the guild created to promote Day's life and works. "I know of no one whose life is more profoundly or thoroughly formed by the example of Christ than Dorothy," Gilliam said.