Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2
The other night my husband and I watched the movie, Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story. If you don’t know anything about Dorothy Day, I can only say that learning more about her will challenge you to a more radical kind of Christian love (agape).
As a young woman, Dorothy was not a Christian, but she was always concerned with social justice. She converted to Catholicism after bearing a child out of wedlock. Returning to work as a journalist, she felt called to do more than simply write about the plight of the poor — she wanted to do something. Encouraged by her friend, Peter Moran, she started the Catholic Worker Movement which published a newspaper and established “hospitality houses” to minister to the physical needs of the homeless and hungry. Dorothy (and her young daughter) lived with the poor and shared their lives. Later in life she was jailed multiple times for protesting war and nuclear armament. Some have called her “the American Mother Theresa.”
Dorothy took the words of Jesus literally. She tried to live her life as He did. This made many people, even fellow Christians, uncomfortable. She lived her faith. She welcomed and loved people most of us would find undeserving and unlovable. Was it easy? No. The movie depicted her frustration, anger and loneliness. Why did she continue? She felt it was God’s call to her. What is His call to you?
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