Saturday, April 30, 2016

[SDCPJ] Fw: [nddiscussion] Fr. Daniel Berrigan! Presenté!

On Saturday, April 30, 2016 6:29 PM, Mary Anne Grady Flores <gradyflores08@gmail.com> wrote:



Dear Ones, This news came this afternoon. We rejoice for Dan's incredible spirit, clarity, 
and his prophetic voice. In thanksgiving for your life Dan, we sing your spirit home!!!  
love, Mary Anne 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Tim Shenk, CUSLAR <cuslarspanishcamp@gmail.com>
Date: Sat, Apr 30, 2016 at 7:15 PM
Subject: Fr. Daniel Berrigan dies at 94
To: cuslar-l@cornell.edu, cuslar-organizing@googlegroups.com


Fr. Daniel Berrigan was a legendary lifetime leader for peace and justice and a Jesuit priest. He was associate director of Cornell United Religious Work (CURW) from 1966 to 1970. During this time he helped to destroy Vietnam War draft files and resisted a three-year prison sentence by going into hiding and eluding the FBI for a time. CUSLAR counts him among our moral and political forefathers. May his spirit continue to move in all of those who would bring love and justice to this earth. 

From Fr. James Martin, SJ

The great Daniel Berrigan, SJ, the Jesuit priest, activist, poet and peacemaker, died today (April 30). Dan was one of the great Catholics of our time, a champion of social justice and a tireless promoter of peace. His influence on the peace movement, particularly during the Vietnam era, cannot be overstated; but his aim was not simply peace in Indochina, but peace everywhere. A friend of everyone from Thomas Merton to Dorothy Day to Martin Sheen, and an inspiration to generations of peacemakers, Dan was also willing to be jailed for his beliefs, which were often unpopular in church circles, and sometimes even among his brother Jesuits. (Though Pedro Arrupe, SJ, then superior general of the Society of Jesus, made a point to visit Dan when he was imprisoned in Danbury Prison in the 1970s.) I greatly admired his particular brand of spiritual courage. 

Here is an interview with Dan from 2009, in which he looks back on his long life with gratitude: http://americamagazine.org/issue/702/article/looking-back-gratitude

An overview of his life from the "Jesuits East" magazine: http://www.jesuitseast.org/story-section?

And his "Ten Commandments": http://americamagazine.org/content/all-things/daniel-berrigans-ten-commandments

Dan was also an immense support to me as a brother Jesuit. I relied a great deal on his advice regarding the careful balance between the demands of justice and fidelity, particularly when it came to speaking out on controversial topics. At one point, many years ago, when I was thinking about speaking out on a controversial issue without asking formal permission from my superiors (that is, presuming permission rather than requesting it), he wrote to me and said, "Remember you're in this for the long haul." Dan took his commitment to his Jesuit vows as seriously as he did his commitment to peace and justice.

"Blessed are the peacemakers," said Jesus. So blessed was Dan, and blessed were we to have lived with him. 

May he rest in the peace.


And this from former CUSLAR Coordinator Daniel Fireside: 
 
When Fr Dan decided to go underground rather than turn himself in, the first place he hid out in my parents' house (my folks were part of his anti-war support committee in Ithaca, NY). My mom was several months pregnant with me. She was tasked with buying a fake beard and mustache and motorcycle helmet for his disguise. He put it on and showed up at a Freedom Seder at Barton Hall on the Cornell campus, which was filled with thousands of anti-war students and townies. He slipped past the FBI agents who had expected him to attend and hopped up on the main stage, where the Bread and Puppet theater was staging a Last Supper performance. After making a rousing speech, he had to figure out how to exit past the cops. On cue, a supporter tripped the fuse and Fr. Berrigan slipped into a B&P apostle costume (he told me that he never learned which apostle it was, but that he hoped it was Judas). By the time the FBI agents figured out what was happening, they were following the wrong puppet. He escaped on the back of a motorcycle and went to his next safe house. He spent several months traveling the country and showing up at peace marches until he was finally caught and went to jail. When I was born my parents gave me his name. So that's how this Jewish kid has a Jesuit priest for a namesake. One whose life's work I aspire to honor with my own.

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Tim Shenk
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Committee on U.S.-Latin American Relations (CUSLAR)
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Mary Anne Grady Flores
Ithaca, NY 14850 1-607-280-8797
Ithaca Catholic Workers  /  Los Obreros Catolicos de Ithaca

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