Dorothy's love expanded to embrace all suffering and to recognize the universal bonds of humanity in God's presence. What Dorothy Day did with her felt universality was an amazing, precious witness of love. She remains a powerful model for those who have an affinity for the monastic ethos of silence and solitude, but must find ways to live that affinity outside the usual haunts of monastic solitude — in the city street, ghetto, prison cell, picket line and noisy apartment building.

Peter-Damian Belisle, The Language of Silence