Love consists in this: not that we have loved God, but that God first loved us.
Dorothy Day, Servant of God and co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, was living with a professed atheist and anarchist in a common law marriage on Staten Island when she discovered she was pregnant. In her autobiography she wrote that up to that point in her life she enjoyed a kind of natural happiness. She adored the Englishman Forster Batterham even though she knew he would never marry her. She got her energy from championing all sorts of causes, moving in anti-establishment circles, and being Forster’s companion. But she admits there was a restlessness in her heart.
Her pregnancy brought her self-absorbed lifestyle to an end. When she decided to accept the life God had entrusted to her, her lover left her. In her biography she says that the acceptance of the gift of a child sparked a mysterious conversion in her. The gift of motherhood was her first step on a spiritual journey which opened her heart outwards towards the love of Jesus and the least of his brothers and sisters, the poor. Eventually she and her daughter were baptized in the Roman Catholic Faith. [Read more…]