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The Duty of Delight

“To act lovingly is to begin to feel loving, and certainly to act joyfully brings joy to others which in turn makes one feel joyful. I believe we are called to the duty of delight.”

Dorothy Day

I recently had the distinct pleasure of engaging in conversation and wrestling with ideas with an intriguing group of really smart individuals. I realized, as I listened, that I wish for delight. I wish delight for my daughters, myself, my loved ones, and the world around me.

I do not wish for bigotry.

I do not wish for hateful anti-gay laws in Nigeria, Uganda, or Arizona.

I do not wish for divisive politics that leave people in need while supposed leaders oppose for opposition sake.

I do not wish for acts of violence carried out in the name of any god.

I do not wish for anyone to go hungry when there is plenty of food for all.

I do not wish for our differences to drive us apart when they can bring us colorfully together.

I do not wish for quiet girls to be passed over for louder boys.

I do not wish to sacrifice boys for girls when all can achieve and share greatness.

I do not wish for love to ever be used as a weapon.

I do not wish for limited resources to be wasted as a result of misguided entitlement.

Dorothy Day was on to something. I wish for empowered. I wish for flourishing. I wish for big laughter and even bigger love. When I act lovingly, I feel loving. When I act joyfully, I witness the joy it brings others and that brings me joy. If I’m going to act selfishly, why not selfishly answer the call to the duty of delight?


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Ifeoma U. Aduba

Executive Director

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