Sunday, January 14, 2018
2:00 pm | Auditorium, ground floor

Unknown photographer,  Dorothy Day , 1916; public domain; via Wikimedia Commons

Unknown photographer, Dorothy Day, 1916; public domain; via Wikimedia Commons

The life of Dorothy Day with Tom Cornell, associate editor of The Catholic Worker newspaper; Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York; and Margaret Laracy, clinical psychologist and co-curator of the Encounter exhibit; moderated by Paige Sanchez, associate superintendent of schools (mission effectiveness), Archdiocese of New York; followed by the school contest award ceremony.

Speakers will offer, also through personal accounts, a glimpse of the profound unity between prayer and action that marked Dorothy Day’s life.  

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The first thing to do to engage with the world “is not to do or to build, but to accept this involvement that God has made with us,” according to the Biblical rule: “It wasn’t the most capable people who built, who took on projects and adventures, and enterprises; it was obedience to the word of Yahweh.” This is the paradox of Christianity: “That it already achieves—at least a little bit—the experience of the unimaginable; it makes that unimaginable an experience.” Precisely for this reason, according to Giussani, the Christian cannot help but be “a sign of contradiction when he wants to bring the world beyond the confines envisioned by his politics and his philosophy. Therefore, the shape of Christian action in the world is this: witness.”

Alberto Savorana, The Life of Luigi GiussaniMcGill, 2018, p. 430-431

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