Today, the Catholic Church celebrates St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus of Lisieux, a French, Carmelite nun, who lived from 1873 to 1897.
It may seem paradoxical that this young contemplative saint was a favorite of Dorothy Day. Yet they both shared a deep sense of the significance of the ordinary, or the simplest acts, as well as a contemplative sense of God in the presence of the ordinary.
As Dorothy Day wrote in her book Therese,
“The significance of our smallest acts! The significance of the little things we leave undone! The protests we do not make, the stands we do not take, we who are living in the world.”