“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2
Dorothy Day was a populist activist in the 1930′s. She tirelessly worked for the poor and disenfranchised, and, was called a “socialist” by her critics.
The movie “Entertaining Angels – The Dorothy Day Story” does not so much dwell on Dorothy Day’s political leanings. The focus of the movie is her compassion for the less fortunate.
Moira Kelly brings to life the story of Dorothy Day with a sympathetic, yet, strong and stern unyielding defense of the underclass.
The populist leanings of the devout Catholic Dorothy Day would put her today too far left to win any major election (except perhaps in Massachusetts…). OK, that was a joke.
The title of the movie, “Entertaining Angels” comes from the Jewish Bible (or, commonly referenced as the Old Testament).
As quoted above, Hebrews 13:2 admonishes Jews and Christians to be kind to everyone, for, by doing this, some people have entertained angels without even knowing it.
The movie begins with Dorothy Day in prison, comforting a fellow inmate who seems lost and afraid. Moira Kelly, playing Dorothy Day, gently strokes the lady’s hair to comfort her.
I love this movie. I am a populist, I even gave money to the John Edwards campaign. I wish I had given the money instead to the Dorothy Day House in Danbury, Connecticut.
“Entertaining Angels” is well worth your time. The movie is sensitive, and, educational. In addition to Moira Kelly, Martin Sheen stars as Peter Maurin who assisted Dorothy Day in establishing the Catholic Worker movement.
Heather Graham also makes an appearance in this biography of Dorothy Day.
A final note: In 2000, Pope John Paul II allowed Dorothy Day’s “cause” for Sainthood. Thus, Dorothy Day is considered a Servant of God within the Catholic Church.