I meant to put this quote up about a month ago when I first saw it. Dorothy Day was an incredible example of Christ. There is a movie about her if you haven’t seen it. I don’t remember the name of it. It’s something about the Miracle Worker, but not to be confused with the movie about Hellen Keller. Anyway, this quote is worth writing down and reading every day:
“It is not love in the abstract that counts. Men have loved a cause as they have loved a woman. They have loved the brotherhood, the workers, the poor, the oppressed – but they have not loved [humanity]; they have not loved the least of these. They have not loved “personally.” It is hard to love. It is the hardest thing in the world, naturally speaking. Have you ever read Tolstoy’s Resurrection? He tells of political prisoners in a long prison train, enduring chains and persecution for the love of their brothers, ignoring those same brothers on the long trek to Siberia. It is never the brothers right next to us, but the brothers in the abstract that are easy to love.”
Sticking with my newfound theme . . . this kind of love is far from cliche!