What does this deep retelling of the Golden Rule mean to you? How do you do it? How would our world be different if we all lived by these words?
One of my Catholic Biblical School students wrote this on her homework. Brilliant!
In honor of Laetare Sunday (“Rejoice Sunday,” marking roughly our halfway mark through Lent), I thought I’d share a story with quasi-Lenten undertones (that’s a stretch) that made me laugh out loud.
It’s from a wonderful book put together by Rosalie G. Riegle entitled Dorothy Day: Portraits by Those Who Knew Her. The book is full of impressions, stories and memories about the real Dorothy Day from a wide survey of people who knew her in all sorts of capacities throughout her life.
A little background on this particular story – apparently Dorothy was known for disliking contemporary music! Rosalie narrates with the help of longtime Catholic Worker Brian Terrell:
“Often the young [Catholic] Workers would ‘have a hard time understanding the grumbling of their elder leader as an expression of love,’ as Brian Terrell says. ‘For all its craziness, the Worker is a family, and in families it often happens that the elders complain about…the younger generation.’ Brian tells a generational story about Dorothy coming upon some young people at work in Maryhouse and listening to the Carly Simon song ‘I Haven’t Got Time for the Pain.’ Dorothy shook her cane at them and said, ‘You’ve always got to have time for the pain.’”
Dorothy Day! When I'm old enough to shake my cane at people, may God grant me your panache!
The gritty but beautiful words from Pope Francis below remind me of something Mother Teresa used to say – that it’s easier to feed a hungry stranger than to love the hurting person inside your own home. How we take each other for granted in the family! How we don’t take the time. How we mess up. But how we keep trying!
When I read these words I feel the way I imagine I might have felt if Jesus was preaching to me – upbraided but inspired – put in my place but not ashamed – aware of my shortcomings but excited about changing.
May God grant us “tired faces from generous giving” in our families!
This quote was shared with me by Scott Eagan of Madonna House, Combermere, Ontario.