Collection: Sr. Thea Bowman and Dorothy Day

ARTIST: Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS


I try to make sense of life. I try to keep myself open to people and to laughter and to love and to have faith.
—Sister Thea Bowman

Love casts out fear, but we have to get over the fear in order to get close enough to love them.
—Dorothy Day

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Thea Bowman: this African American "˜sister of everybody' inspired and challenged her listeners with the spiritual power of Black Sacred Songs evoking a God who "lifts up the lowly." She used her music to break down barriers of culture, class and condition and often quoted the wisdom of her elders who had the ability to "speak truth to power."


Dorothy Day: thanks to this woman known as "˜the conscience of American Catholicism' many Catholics now know the power of nonviolent resistance and direct action in opposing injustice. What is less well known is that her conversion happened as a result of the birth of her child: "No human creature could receive or contain so vast a flood of love and joy as I often felt after the birth of my child. With this came the need to worship, to adore. I came to know God."