Dec. 28 – Kate Hennessy – Dorothy Day [Christmas Calendar]

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December 28


[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”1501133977″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”165″]Dorothy Day:
The World Will Be Saved by Beauty:
An Intimate Portrait of My Grandmother

Kate Hennessy

Hardback: Scribner, 2017
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ERB: Why did you feel you needed to write this book? What was your vision?

KH: You know, I didn’t have a vision [for the book]. I didn’t have an outline. I didn’t know where the book would take me. I knew what the framework was: I wanted to tell the story of my grandmother and my mother and I wanted to tell it in a way that even people who didn’t know about Dorothy Day could come to it. Other than that, I had no idea what was going to happen. … [But] this was a story that no one else could write. It was hard — there were many, many times when I was like, ‘I can’t do this, it’s too difficult, there are too many elements that are hard to express.’ It’s been very hard most of my life trying to feel that my own path is good enough.

When you have someone like Dorothy Day as your grandmother or even as someone you knew well, I think that you can feel lazy, lethargic, self-centered. She had an extraordinary energy and just never stopped. In addition to her public persona, she had a very active personal life. (But) I can’t quite see what a legacy looks like. I mean certainly, there is the legacy of her work, and that’s the Catholic Worker in full force. The New York City houses are still going strong, there’s houses all over the country. That legacy is quite something.


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