In our town and beyond, the priest, scholar, poet and activist served as a wake-up caller while the U.S. still had its eyes closed to the horrors of the Vietnam War.
The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, whose funeral was held Friday in New York, exemplified the radical call of the Christian Gospels to defy the laws of the state for the laws of God. If we seek salvation, for our nation and for ourselves, we must find his courage and his faith.
From the dark days of Vietnam to the endless wars of today, the Jesuit priest-poet remained faithful to his mission: protecting the vulnerable, championing resistance and always, always working toward peace.
The Jesuit writer and activist's death is a reminder of the necessity—and power—of protest in America.
Daniel J. Berrigan lived his life true to his calling, literally practicing what he preached.
In a segment on "The Real News Network," Truthdig's Chris Hedges calls the late Daniel Berrigan a "fine poet" and "prolific writer of radical theology," and he argues that the Jesuit priest's "most important contribution was as a writer."
He was a man of the cloth and a man of letters, but most of all, Berrigan was a man of peace. He was also, as it happened, the man whom Kurt Vonnegut went so far as to call "Jesus as a poet."