The poor as our superiors

Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne, died on July 9, 1926. A convert to Catholicism she  responded to the poor who had cancer by founding St. Rose’s Free Home for Incurable Cancer in New York City and the Dominican Sisters of St. Rose. Dorothy Day was inspired by her trust in God’s providence when she read her biography.

A prophetic voice in the church, here are two quotes that challenge us:

“Treat the poor with great respect, not only as equals, but as superiors, for they are suffering much more than we. Poor persons are the messengers of God to us, sent to prove our love, and to save us by our work for them.”

“Having faced the disaster and looked upon the injured, let us act, remembering God’s word, not man’s. Diplomacy and courage are strangers to each other; excessive business prudence and charity will not shake hands; but God and the poor await us, side by side.”


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