By: Selected with an introduction by John Dear
Daniel Berrigan (1921-2016) was a Jesuit priest, poet, and peacemaker, whose words and actions over the past 50 years have offered a powerful witness to the God of Life. Fr. Berrigan, along with his brother Philip, was one of the Catonsville 9, arrested and imprisoned in 1968 for destroying draft files in a protest against the Vietnam War. But this was only one step along a journey of faith.
Through this careful selection from his many books, journals, poems, and homilies, a chronicle of Fr. Berrigan's life and work unfolds, from the early steps in his vocation, to his decision to cross the line and go to prison, his ongoing witness for peace, and his extraordinary commentaries on scripture and the life of radical discipleship. There is no better introduction to the work of one of most extraordinary activists and Christian witnesses of our time.
John Dear is a priest, activist, lecturer, and author of thirty books including Thomas Merton Peacemaker; Lazarus, Come Forth!; You Will Be My Witnesses (with art by William Hart McNichols), Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings; and an autobiography, A Persistent Peace (Doubleday/Image) He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu. He lives in New Mexico. www.fatherjohndear.org