Excerpts from the Works of Dorothy Day
Union Square to Rome
Published by The Preservation of the Faith Press, January 1938
“...It was human love that helped me to understand divine love. Human
love at its best, unselfish, glowing, illuminating our days, gives us a
glimpse of the love of God for man. Love is the best thing we can know
in this life, but it must be sustained by an effort of the will. It must
lie still and quiet, dull and smoldering, for periods. It grows through
suffering and patience and compassion. We must suffer for those we love,
we must endure their trials and their suffering, we must even take upon
ourselves the penalties due their sins. Thus we learn to understand the
love of God for His creatures. Thus we understand the Crucifixion.”
Love Is The Measure
The Catholic Worker, June 1942
“…What we would like to do is change the world—make it a little simpler
for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended them
to do. And to a certain extent, by fighting for better conditions, by
crying out unceasingly for the rights of the workers, of the poor, of
the destitute...we can to a certain extent change the world; we can work
for the oasis, the little cell of joy and peace in a harried world. We
can throw our pebble in the pond and be confident that its ever widening
circle will reach around the world.
We repeat, there is nothing that we can do but love, and dear God,
please enlarge our hearts to love each other, to love our neighbor, to
love our enemy as well as our friend.”
The Long Loneliness: The Autobiography of Dorothy Day
Harper & Row, 1997 c.1952
“We have all known the long loneliness and we have learned that the only
solution is love and that love comes with community. It all happened
while we sat there talking, and it is still going on.”
The Long Loneliness: the Autobiography of Dorothy Day. San Francisco,
Harper & Row, 1997 c.1952.
Loaves and Fishes. San Francisco, Harper & Row, 1983 c.1963.
Therese. Springfield, IL, Templegate, c.1979.
Dorothy Day, Selected Writings: By Little and By Little.Ellsberg, Robert
(ed). Maryknoll, NY, Orbis Books, c.1992.
Meditations/Dorothy Day. Vishnewski, Stanley (ed). NY, Paulist Press,
(We would also like to provide links to sites that sell her books and
offer info on her life and writings)