Thursday, February 10, 2011
THE LINK BETWEEN CELEBRATING THE MASS, SERVING THE NEEDY AND SAINTHOOD, I.E. DOROTHY DAY
I've always been fascinated by Dorothy Day. She was a very traditional Catholic, loved the pre-Vatican II Mass and didn't like modern, hippy-type priests manipulating the Mass in a creative way. Yet she was a radical progressive in striving to serve the poor. Because of this she was labeled a "communist" by many in and outside of the Church.
I came across a website that is promoting her cause to be name a saint in the church. You can look at it HERE.
There is a school of thought amongst modern "liturgists" that the liturgy prior to the council did not form Catholics to be concerned about the poor. I don't think one could say this. Certainly the pre-Vatican II Church including her liturgy inspired thousands upon thousands to join religious orders and the priesthood. Many of these orders served the poor in the most specific ways and educated poor children who now are rich because of it. Because these religious didn't make a lot of money from the Catholic schools they staff, tuition was low and affordable.
The pre-Vatican II Church and her liturgy also inspired many lay apostolates and many of these to take care of the poor.
The post-Vatican II Church is inspiring the laity to do the same today in terms of the poor and needy. But for some reason, the post-Vatican II Church and her liturgy is not inspiring the same level of radical commitment to religious orders and the priesthood. Is it just cultural or is it something more endemic within the post-Vatican II Church and her liturgy? Just wondering.