Giving Thanks for the Valiant Life and Witness of
Servant of God Dorothy Day
Day 2, Personal Responsibility
Peter Maurin was the answer to Dorothy Day’s “special prayer,” which she offered up 89 years ago on December 8, 1932, at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. As a worker accustomed to manual labor and a scholar versed in Catholic social teaching, he showed her a way for Catholics to help workers and the poor. Peter introduced Dorothy to a faith-based vision of what it might look like in practice to be our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper.
Servant of God Dorothy Day, intercede for us; pray that we grow in courage and faith to follow our own path to holiness.
We give thanks for the teachings and examples of Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day. We pray for the wisdom to better understand the Gospel as they did. May they be our models and guideposts for accepting the personal responsibility to care for one other, particularly those in need.
“Whoever wanted to start a soup line? We certainly didn’t want to, but in the Depression they came to us in numbers. I just think that so many charities have become referral agencies and everybody gets the run-around. You can’t pass the buck that way.… You have to immediately respond to the needs of that person. Certainly, Scripture directs us along those lines.”
—Dorothy Day, TV interview, “Dorothy Day: Still a Rebel,” Bill Moyers Journal 1973.
Let us pray…Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be OR the Holy Rosary
Prayer for the Canonization of Servant of God Dorothy Day (1897 – 1980)
God our Father,
Your servant Dorothy Day exemplified
the Catholic faith by her life
of prayer, voluntary poverty,
works of mercy, and
witness to the justice and peace
of the Gospel of Jesus.
May her life inspire your people
to turn to Christ as their Savior,
to see His face in the world’s poor, and
to raise their voices for the justice
of God’s kingdom.
I pray that her holiness may be recognized by your Church
And that you grant the following favor that I humbly ask through her intercession:
(here mention your request)
I ask this through Christ our Lord.
Photo: Peter Maurin St. Isidore’s Farm, Aitkin, MN, 1941