A New Day Shines – The Tower, January 29 2010
It was December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. On the campus of Catholic University, kneeling in the crypt chapel underneath the incomplete edifice of a basilica-to-be, she prayed for guidance from above. These prayers, answered the following day, began a chain of events that would change the world. She nourished the hungry, clothed the naked, kissed the leper, and loved deeply the broken and destitute cast out form the rest of society.
Years later, the world praised this woman as prophet and a saint for her radical works of love and the Catholic Worker movement that carries them on today. Her roots in journalism led to the publishing of a newspaper, The Catholic Worker, bursting with articles addressing issues of peace and politics, faith and justice. A professional writer of sorts and a reader extraordinaire, Dorothy Day adamantly believed in the power of the printed word.
In this tradition of Dorothy’s brand of journalism, I humbly begin a weekly column. I acknowledge up front The Tower is no Catholic Worker, but it should never be and nor will my column adhere to that stereotype. I am not a professional and I am certainly no Dorothy Day or other writer of note. This column will be nothing but the thoughts of an amateur hoping to shine a tiny light.
Yet, as I begin, I call on Dorothy and writers of social change around the world. I draw from this tradition of employing the written word to stir up the mind; I hope my few words a week can, in some small way, offer insight. In addition, from this tradition of writing to provoke change, it is plausible you may be challenged; it is even more plausible that I will be challenged.
My goal is to provide a pleasurable reading experience each week, but more so I seek to shine the light of day onto present issues needing our communal attention. Topics will vary from world affairs to internal wonderings, encompassing everything in between (including this campus). If you are moved to act, I urge you to not hold back. If you are moved to object, I encourage you to write a response either in The Tower or on my blog. If you are not moved at all, that is fine too.
So I begin an experiment that hopefully becomes a dialogue with the reader. Send me your thoughts, your ideas for articles, and your objections. If I seem overtly lofty and lost you somewhere around, “It was December 8,” no worries that will soon fade to real articles. For now though, I remain optimistic in this endeavor. As Dorothy says, “Beginnings are always exciting.”
Bob Shine is a sophomore Theology and Religious Studies major. Amongst other things, he writes this weekly column and blogs at newdayshines.wordpress.com where you can leave comments on this article and other posts. Bob can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.