Yesterday, my family and I went to a tablet forum held at St. Sebastian Church. The speaker was Martha Hennessy, the granddaughter of Dorothy Day.
For those of you who do not know who she is, here is a quite snapshot of Dorothy Day:
Dorothy Day was born on November 8th, 1897 in Brooklyn, New York. As a young child, she was an avid reader. This passion of literature would bear fruit to the meaning of life and experience of human suffering. In her young adulthood life, Day was influenced by the ideologies of communism and joined many protests, organizations, unions and publications. It was her personal life that she received a rude awakening. She had an abortion, a decision she would later regret. Her second child was born out of wedlock which resulted in her conversion to Catholicism. In 1932, Day met Peter Maurin, who influenced her on Catholic Social teachings and the need to put them into action. The duo started the Catholic Worker and opened the house of hospitality to the poor. Day died on November 29, 1980 in New York City and is opened for canonization in the Catholic Church.
Martha Hennessy is continuing the legacy of her grandmother by welcoming and helping the poor in one of the house of hospitality. Her talk was based on the need for peace, prayer, and of God. Hennessy also touched on how war would bring about more conflicts, pain and sufferings to the lives of Syrians. In fact, Pope Francis requested that Christians pray, fast and to do penance for world peace.