Dorothy Day’s words, much like those of her spiritual contemporary Thomas Merton, often make me uncomfortable.
They certainly challenge me.
But with age comes experience, if not a certain brutal wisdom.
And, if we are fortunate, it’s that very wisdom that helps us to recognize that our own failures and our own needs are really no different than those of the others who surround us; those who daily brush up against our lives, whether concretely or emotionally.
As we are called upon to move with love and charity for others – an impossibly difficult task most times – we also called to act in the same way towards ourselves