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Daniel Berrigan

Essential Writings · Modern Spiritual Masters

by Daniel Berrigan Author · John Dear Editor


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"Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, the burning of paper instead of children, the angering of the orderlies in the front parlor of the charnel house. We could not, so help us God, do otherwise."

Daniel Berrigan was a Jesuit priest, poet, and peacemaker whose words and actions over fifty years have offered a powerful witness to the God of Life. Father Berrigan, along with his brother Philip, was one of the Catonsville Nine, 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 these selections from his many books, journals, poems, and homilies, a chronicle of 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.

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Blackstone Publishing
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Modern Spiritual Masters


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Daniel Berrigan (Author)

Daniel Berrigan (1921-2016) was a Jesuit priest who was deeply involved in the peace movement worldwide. His active protest during the Vietnam War, like many others during the 1960s, earned him both scorn and admiration, but it was his participati...

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John Dear (Editor)

John Dear is a priest, activist, lecturer, and author of thirty books including Thomas Merton Peacemaker; Lazarus, Come Forth!; Mohandas Gandhi: Essential Writings; and an autobiography, A Persistent Peace. He was nominated for the Nobel Peace Pri...

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