By Monica Siemer, The Lamb Catholic Worker, Columbus, Ohio
Many who strongly desire to have Dorothy Day canonized want Peter Maurin, the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, canonized alongside her. She always said that HE started the Catholic Worker not her, that it was his vision, his dreams, his everything, and that she simply went along. He only lived 15 years to see it bear fruit, while she did for nearly 50 years.
It dawned on me, after saying so many, many times to people on my return from the Mayo hospital and the Gift of Life Transplant House, that I was supposed to die according to statistics. Nearly all the cases of people donating part of their liver to a loved one (I gave 59% of my liver to my nephew Nick), that had need of a second emergency surgery 3-5 days out, died. I was the worst case the Mayo, who has never lost a patient in the 215 live liver donor surgeries in 15 years, has ever seen. At the other places that do these rare surgeries, nearly all have died that needed a second emergency surgery right away.
I offered everything up for Nick, for the canonization of Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day together, for the purification of the Catholic Worker Movement back to the diamond of its founders, and for the Lamb Catholic Worker to begin here in Columbus, Ohio. I was 16 days in the hospital and a month in the Gift of Life Transplant House. I constantly asked for Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin's intercession (along with Mother Mary, of course). Dorothy is in the "Servant of God" stage of the beatification process but I believe that Peter is not at all. In the Catholicism 10-CD series, Fr. Robert Barron introduces the Catholic Worker Movement with the wide grin of Peter Maurin, not Dorothy Day.
Please Dear Papa, Holy Father, consider canonizing Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin together! Pray for us too!!