"Holy Prophet Daniel Berrigan"
"We are sick at heart our hearts
give us no rest for thinking of the
Land of Burning Children
and for thinking of that other Child
of whom the poet Luke speaks
The Infant was taken up in the arms
of an old man whose tongue
grew resonant and vatic at the touch
of that beauty
And the old man spoke: this child is set
for the rise and fall of many in Israel
a sign that is spoken against
Small consolation a child born
to make trouble and die for it...we say: killing is disorder
life and gentleness and community
and unselfishness is the only order
we recognize ...
How many indeed must die
before our voices are heard?"
It was serendipitous to receive this today, on 9/11. Dan was committed to building peace. He's now a powerful example and intercessor for all those who work for peace and justice.
September 13th, 2016
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