The U.S. Bishops recently voted to promote the cause of Dorothy Day for sainthood. Way (waaaayyy) back in my history, I actually helped to be a founder for a Catholic Worker house in Cedar Rapids, IA… So Day’s cause is one for which I am praying.
Joe Paprocki in a Catechists’ Journey post reminds us that Dorothy was all about the centrality of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy in the life of Catholics. She once said that everything a baptized person does should be, directly or indirectly, related to the corporal and spiritual works of mercy.
Joe has been encouraging us to upgrade our language regarding “service projects” to begin to refer them as MERCY EXPEREINCES because he claims that “Catholics engage in service as a way of extending God’s mercy to others, sharing one another’s burdens, and… as such, they are not service projects or service hours, but experiences of God’s enduring mercy.”
An experience demands usually discussion to process its meaning. Day is credited with suggesting “If I have accomplished anything in my life, it is because I wasn’t embarrassed to talk about God.”
As usual, a change in language can cause a change in perspective about how we go about something… such as what used to be known as “service projects.” What are your thoughts? <image source>