i want to be like dorothy day when i grow up.

Today, I read this in Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (sorry if it seems like I can’t stop talking about this resource–it is just so good).

What we do is very little. But it is like the little boy with a few loaves and fishes. Christ took that   little and increased it. He will do the rest. What we do is so little that we may seem to be constantly failing. But so did he fail. He met with apparent failure on the Cross. But unless the seeds fall into the earth and die, there is no harvest — Dorothy Day

Well, that certainly puts things in perspective, doesn’t it? I am so quick to dramatize situations (There are so many poor people! Why is nobody working with refugees? Fix all the things!) and then I turn around and feel like a miserable failure for trying in my own small way to be a part of the redemption.

Obviously, I need to get over myself.

Another quote from the reading today: Give us patience and humility with our feeble efforts at faithfulness.


Also, a sense of humor never hurt anyone. All of this talk about bread made me think of the Hunger Games (see what I did there? Smooth transition). So I will leave you with this (decidedly unspiritual) image, found via Pinterest:

Aaaand, I just can’t help myself. I just don’t like Gale and his violent rhetoric:

this image is for my sister candyce, who is the only one in the world who might laugh as hard at this picture as i did.

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One thought on “Feeble

  1. Jessica says:

    I love Dorothy Day so much. I’m going to print up that quote. Caren (my co-founder for HCHT) keeps saying we’re recovering perfectionists and I repeat tha mantra a lot. I feel like we’re doing so, so little. How wonderful to know that other pillars of faith around me feel that too.


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