Dorothy Day on Love

It is hard to talk to people about God if they do not believe in him.  So one can talk and write of love.  People want to believe in that even when they are all but convinced that it is an illusion.  (It would be better still to love rather than to write about it.  It would be more convincing.)

Love and ever more love is the only solution to every problem that comes up.  If we love each other enough, we will bear with each other’s faults and burdens.  If we love enough, we are going to light that fire in the hearts of others.  And it is love that will burn out the sins and hatreds that sadden us.  It is love that will make us want to do great things for each other.  No sacrifice and no suffering will then seem too much.

Yes I see only too clearly how bad people are.  I wish I did not see it so.  It is my own sins that give me such clarity.  If I did not bear the scars of so many sins to dim my sight and dull my capacity for love and joy, then I would see Christ more clearly in you all.

I cannot worry much about your sins and miseries when I have so many of my own.  I can only love you all, poor fellow travelers, fellow sufferers.  I do not want to add one least straw to the burden you already carry.  My prayer from day to day is that God will so enlarge my heart that I will see you all, and live with you all, in his love.

Dorothy Day, The Reckless Way of Love, ch. Love Your Neighbor, pg. 26-27

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