"Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker, had come to live in the slums not because she felt obliged by God to immerse herself in ugliness but because of the beauty she found in places of poverty and the joy it often gave her: the beauty in faces, the beauty of trees and plants that managed to survive despite urban desolation, the beauty of kitchen smells at supper time coming from neighborhood apartments, the beauty of the liturgy even in the poorest parish church. She often quoted Dostoevsky's words: 'The world will be saved by beauty.' "

To Practice: Consciously be on the lookout for the beauty that may be hiding in strange places.

Jim Forest in The Ladder of the Beatitudes