We Cry Peace

This is a quote from Dan Berrigan I’ve used many times in talks on nonviolent direct action and peacemaking. Thank you Dan for a faithful life lived in scorn of the consequences

Radical Discipleship

Berrigan2From Daniel Berrigan (1921-2016) in No Bars to Manhood(1971):

We have assumed the name of peacemakers, but we have been, by and large, unwilling to pay any significant price. And because we want the peace with half a heart and half a life and will, the war, of course, continues, because the waging of war, by its nature, is total – but the waging of peace, by our own cowardice, is partial. So a whole will and a whole heart and a whole national life bent toward war prevail over the velleities of peace. In every war since the founding of the republic we have taken for granted that war shall exact the most rigorous cost, and that the cost shall be paid with a cheerful heart. We take it for granted that in wartime families will be separated for long periods, that men will be imprisoned, wounded, driven…

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