Of the two readings we were given this week out of the book Callings, I chose to read a portion in this book written by Dorothy Day. Day is a well known individual in the catholic circle, for her writings and passion for the poor and needy. Not feeling as if she was doing enough, Day ended up dropping out of college to then later go back to get her nursing degree. Later she met a Franciscan who had the thought of poverty being ideal. After a while it seemed that these two individuals worked together to work together in a force in helping the poor. The actual reading that we did for this was a compilation of several pieces that Day wrote. The subject is mainly on love, how to love your neighbor and care for the poor. It seems as if Day is answering the question of this time period, how do I simply live as a Christian?
In the text it states, "that relationship above all should give us not only a taste of the love of God for us but the kind of love we should have for all" (416). Day seems to be very intentional about stating the love of God and how that reflects and shines through each Christian. Later it is stated, "when you love people, you see all the good in them, all the Christ in them" (416). The whole argument this, Day seems to be making connections to, is the idea that God loves us first, which is why we can take pleasure in it being our duty to love on the individuals who are not feeling such love. In many ways this quote from the book sums up the whole idea summarizing this text, "God is Love" (415).
At the very beginning of this school year we read a book for honors which was written by Shane Claiborne. Claiborne has a very distinct way of communicating this very love that is the drive behind his passion. Passion is something that I think Claiborne and Day have in common. Even though it did seem as if Claiborn was very extreme and definite on his way of living. Where Day basically gave up here life this for this, and many of the rest of us are two caught up in ourselves. The way in which Claiborn and Day approach their mission fields are a bit different. Yet, they both take on the life of someone in that poor condition, or at least make that a priority. In reading these radical Christians' views on mission and the love of God in this way makes it even more clear to me that each individual is given a passion that they should pursue with all of their heart, as God would only desire them to do.