Monday, January 18, 2016
People who inspire me...
“People say, "What is the sense of our small effort?" They cannot see that we must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.”
File this under "People Who Inspire Me." This is Dorothy Day (if you are unfamiliar with her, you may enjoy her autobiography, The Long Loneliness). She was one of the founders of the Catholic Worker Movement. In this photo, circa 1973, she is about to be arrested. It was her last arrest. She at the time was 76 years young. She was protesting the way migrant grape farmers were being treated (mistreated) in California. She herself was not a farmer, nor were any of her family members. She wasn't even from the west coast. But there she was in Fresno, California risking arrest (and she was arrested) to stand up for the rights of people, most of which she barely knew. To me, I find this person so much more powerful and inspiring than any wealthy pundit screaming from a podium or pulpit. Not sure why I thought of her today (and I write as if I knew her, but of course I did not), but I did think of her and wanted to share her photo. And in this photo--one of an elderly women sitting calmly but sternly, and the backs of strong young men carrying guns and billy clubs and towering over her--the faces of the arresting officers are not visible, but I pose this question by what you can see...who, here, do you think was more afraid?
"And what does the Lord require of you? To do justice and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God."