Monday evening was the last official day of class for the Spring Semester. The Honors students spent part of their evening discussing the final section of Callings. One of the writers that was discussed was Dorothy Day. She was a writer for socialist and pacifist newspapers. Later in her life she joined the Catholic Church and helped found the Catholic Worker Movement. She worked closely with the poor throughout this time. One of the sections from her writing focused on love, especially when it comes to loving others. She wrote, "What else do we all want, each of us, except to love and be loved by our families, in our work, in our relationships? God is love. Love casts out fear." She connects this especially with loving the poor. She worked closely with them for most of her life, and saw how they were living and how other people treated them. "To come back in a driving rain, to men crouched on the stairs, huddled in doorways, without overcoats because they sold them perhaps the week before when it was warm, to satisfy hunger or thirst--who knows? Those without love would say 'It serves them right, drinking up their clothes.' God help us if we got just what we deserved!"
This reading relates to having a calling because Dorothy Day knew that helping the poor was her calling. She worked her entire life with the poor and trying to get better conditions. That was her calling. Just as Jesus has called all to "Love one another," Dorothy drives home the same point. She is also asking people to love one another like Christ loves all. It is debated on whether people have just one calling, or if they have several throughout their life time. And who's to say that is has to be either or? Maybe it is not for humans to know. God works in mysterious ways, so having one calling or several is really up to him. He calls us to love one another, but beyond that, it is up to us to listen for the direction he wants us to take.
I really enjoyed this reading, particularly the section about love. The very first quote above reminded me of a quote from one of my favorite movies, Moulin Rouge. It says "The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." It was so similar that it freaked me out a bit, but both have a good message. Dorothy Day also wrote, "When you love people, you see all the good in them, all the Christ in them. God sees Christ, His Son, in us and loves us. And so we should see Christ in others, and nothing else, and love them." Although it is a great message, it is often times difficult and sometimes impossible to achieve. We live in a sinful world, and therefore are not able to achieve perfection. In God's eyes we are perfect, we are his and he loves us. What more could someone ask for?