Pure Folly

The Catholic Worker Bread Line

I often think that when people merely read about our work and do not know it, they honour us highly and praise us mightily, and reviews and journals and participants at conferences and conventions speak highly of it.  Often I am given the most luxurious guest rooms in convents, and I feel out of place indeed.  They do not really know the work, the foolishness of it, how little we accomplish, how stupid and inefficient our efforts are or they would not praise us.  They would say, “How wonderful God is that he picks out such fools to exemplify such magnificent ideas.”  But they are trying to show their respect for the gospel in our poor person, I suppose.

Peter Maurin: Apostle To The World, Dorothy Day