Daniel Berrian was many things – Jesuit priest, poet, teacher, fine cook, good listener, radical thinker, antiwar activist, pacifist. And, for his opposition to the Vietnam war, he was considered an enemy of both state and church.
He was a man of character. He fought the good fight peacefully . He spoke when others were silencing dissent. He was everything an American patriot should be, honest and courageous.
Berrigan was a universal soul. National borders were hardly the be-all, end-all to his philosophy or existence. The world would be a far better place with more like him. For too many males courage is related to the use of a gun rather than the courage of convictions that are founded on unchanging spiritual verities.
Fr. Berrigan was an activist. He wrote and put his thoughts into actions. Of all the things he should be remembered for, his activism stands prominent among his achievements. He inspired by example. He inspired by doing. He inspired by courage. He and his brother, Elizabeth McAllister, Paul Mayer and other people of faith and good will, people of peace inspired by their doing ... Peace!