Friday, May 6, 2016

RIP: Daniel Berrigan, SJ (May 9, 1921 – April 30, 2016)

     “Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order,
      the burning of paper instead of children . . . We could not, so
      help us God, do otherwise . . . thinking of the Land of Burning
                                                    Daniel Berrigan S.J.

How far they fall—even Jesuits--into labyrinthine little hells.

You were one of the glorious exceptions, a glorious atavism—
unsuppressed, cast in steel, like the Jesuits of the Reductions.

You fought to the end & no holds barred--for peace of all things.

Wherever you may or may not be, surely there abides there
no Cardinal Spellman, who, wristing aspergil like a hammer, 
sprinkled U.S bombers with the holy water of some other Christ's
War Against Vietnam.

That alone may be a kind of paradise.

R. I. P. & an easy, blest and breathless rest.

E. A. Costa

E. A. Costa           May 6, 2016       Granada, Nicaragua

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