Marking the centenary of Dorothy Day's birth in 1897, this new edition of Loaves and Fishes makes a modern religious classic available to a new generation. A companion to her autobiography, The Long Loneliness, this is Day's frank and compelling account of thirty years as leader of the Catholic Worker Movement and editor of its newspaper. Blending a journalist's perceptions with emotional commitment and warm humor, she shares experiences amid the abandoned and impoverished, the hopeful and idealistic. In the process, she brings to life a host of remarkable personalities, and reveals a life of faith in action. A unique document of American social history, Loaves and Fishes offers powerful testimony to the unswerving faith of a woman dedicated to improving the lot of all people, and creating a viable alternative to the growing ills of a chaotic world.
The renowned author picks up the story of The Catholic Worker which she began in her autobiography, The Long Loneliness, of a few years ago, and carries further the history of this little tabloid and of the company of saints-radicals-and derelicts of which it has been the mouthpiece. Changing times have brought changing needs and opportunities for the exercise of charity, but the movement still believes, and practices, that "works of mercy are the most direct form of action", whether these be giving food and drink and clothing, or picketing, walking to Moscow, or sailing into a nuclear testing area. Much of the material consists of narrative and of anecdote about the wide range of people who come to the Worker hospice seeking all manner of relief. The impression given is the reassuring one that authentic Christian charity still is needed, and still is generously given by Miss Day and her comrades. Good reading for a wide audience of concerned Christians. (Kirkus Reviews)