Monday, November 8, 2010

saint in the city

Don't call me a saint. I don't want to be dismissed so easily.

Dorothy Day (8 november 1897 –1980) journalist & social activist

dorothy might not have wanted to be called a saint, but for those who know of her life and work, her actions were most definitely saintlike. dorothy is best know for her work with peter maurin in establishing the catholic worker movement. she devoted her life to non-violence and making the world a kinder place for people less fortunate.

there is a documentary about day entitled don't call me a saint. I've been wanting to see it for a couple years, but none of the local libraries carry it. one of these days I'll either break down and buy it or stumble across it - rumor has it that a friend has a copy.

there is a narrative movie based on dorothy, entertaining angels: the dorothy day story, although I saw it many years ago, I remember it vividly and enjoyed it immensely. this film was released in 1996 it features moira kelly as dorothy and martin sheen as peter maurin. I just checked and it is available via netflix; I saw it courtesy of my local public library.

the photo above is a detail from one of the altars from cleveland's day of the dead celebration. as promised below my slide show of the festivities on saturday. it was a bit chilly and wet, but the weather did little to dampen the enthusiasm of those assembled.

acoustic version of bruce springsteen singing his song it's hard to be a saint in the city


Roy said...

Good work! You always find the best birthdays. And the shot of all the saints is great.

Merle Sneed said...

Nice post, Mouse.

Angella Lister said...

beautiful photo of the saints.

hope you are well, mouse!