Dorothy Day on her friend and colleague Peter Maurin

Source: The Long Loneliness by Dorothy Day

Peter made you feel a sense of his mission as soon as you met him.  He did not begin by tearing down, or by painting so intense a picture of misery and injustice that you burned to change the world.  Instead, he aroused in you a sense of your own capacities for work, for accomplishment.  He made you feel that you and all men had great and generous hearts with which to love God.  If you once recognized this fact in yourself you would expect and find it in others.  “The art of human contacts” Peter called it happily.  But it was seeing Christ in others, loving the Christ you saw in others.  Greater than this, it was having faith in the Christ in others without being able to see Him.  Blessed is he that believes without seeing.


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