Deo Gratias: A Novena of Gratitude: Day 6

Giving Thanks for the Valiant Life and Witness of
Servant of God Dorothy Day


Day 6, Peacemaking

The witness of Dorothy Day was in truth a light shining in the darkness to counteract the unthinking nationalism and militarism to which the U.S. Church all too often acquiesced. Dorothy’s nonviolent and pacifist positions were gospel-based and also drew on neglected  Church teaching.

“As Pope John [XXIII] told the pilgrimage of women, Mothers for Peace, the seventy-five of us who went over to Rome to thank him for his encyclical Pacem in Terris, just the month before his death, ‘the beginnings of peace are in your own hearts, in your own families, schoolrooms, offices, parishes, and neighborhoods.’ It is working from the ground up, from the poverty of the stable, in work as at Nazareth, and also in going from town to town, as in the public life of Jesus two thousand years ago. And since a thousand years are as one day, and Christianity is but two days old, let us take heart and start now.” –Dorothy Day, “On Pilgrimage,” The Catholic Worker, December 1968.

Servant of God Dorothy Day, intercede for us; pray that we grow in courage and faith to follow our own path to holiness.

As we pray for peace and peacemakers, let us take to heart the words of Jesus, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” Let us pray that we, like Dorothy Day, recognize in our calling as Christians the call to be peacemakers in our most basic interactions with others and in  our national and international relations.

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: Courtyard, St Joseph House Catholic Worker, NYC, November 2021, Anthony Santella

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