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A Memorial Day Reflection From Americas Late Peace Priest

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Dandelion G (367)
Thursday May 26, 2016, 3:18 pm
As people passed by they handed out anti-war leaflets stained with their own blood. “It’s better to give blood than to take it,” he added.

I don't normally use articles from any particular faith, however this article covered it well for me. The words in the summary do justice. Father Daniel Berrigan just went to the Spirit World not long ago, perhaps some of you read what I had posted on him when he did.

He was one of our Peace Giants........whether you are religious or not.......he was one who certainly Walked the Talk.

j A (282)
Thursday May 26, 2016, 3:22 pm
Thank you for honoring Father Berrigan in this well-deserved way Dandelion.

Rose Becke (141)
Friday May 27, 2016, 3:41 am
I agree with JLA

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday May 27, 2016, 5:33 pm
Beautiful photographs of the graves in black and white. Very poignant.

Patrick Donovan (345)
Saturday May 28, 2016, 8:30 am
I believe Father Daniel Berrigan has been a giant in the fight for individual and societal rights. We will miss his activism.

Leia P. (7)
Saturday May 28, 2016, 8:44 am

Birgit W (160)
Saturday May 28, 2016, 8:52 am
Thanks for sharing.

SuSanne P (193)
Saturday May 28, 2016, 9:35 am
This is one of the saddest days of the year for me. Thank you for posting. I'm truly speechless as my Heart breaks at the injustices and horrors of this Country.
"One of Berrigan’s most symbolic acts of civil disobedience – which landed him in prison – was when he and eight other protesters used napalm to burn paper draft records in Catonsville, Md. He said they used napalm to highlight the fact that American warplanes were dropping napalm bombs on countless Vietnamese civilians.
One of Berrigan’s most symbolic acts of civil disobedience – which landed him in prison – was when he and eight other protesters used napalm to burn paper draft records in Catonsville, Md. He said they used napalm to highlight the fact that American warplanes were dropping napalm bombs on countless Vietnamese civilians. "
"Berrigan explained that napalm is made out of kerosene and soap chips. The soap chips allow burning kerosene to adhere to human skin. He said, “It’s criminal to burn paper, but not criminal to burn children."

Janet B (0)
Saturday May 28, 2016, 12:44 pm

Winn A (177)
Saturday May 28, 2016, 2:11 pm
We must never forget what he did to bring these injustices to light. May he Rest In Peace.

Walter F (128)
Saturday May 28, 2016, 4:38 pm
Father Daniel Berrigan .May the memory of this [pious man be a blessing.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday May 28, 2016, 5:04 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Dandelion.
Fr. Daniel Berrigan was an extraordinary advocate for a country and world that was so divided at the time. I hope he will always be remembered for his courage and love of humankind.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday May 28, 2016, 5:06 pm
Agree with others. We shall never forget. Agree with JL's comment. Thanks Dandelion

Shirley S (187)
Saturday May 28, 2016, 7:14 pm
Fr. Berrigan certainly practiced what he preached.

Arild Gone for now (174)
Sunday May 29, 2016, 3:23 am
Thanks for sharing Sheryl.

Animae C (512)
Sunday May 29, 2016, 4:43 am
Thanx Dandelion

Janet B (0)
Sunday May 29, 2016, 8:46 am

Margie FOURIE (152)
Sunday May 29, 2016, 10:04 am
Any war is wrong. Why cant we just live our lives in peace?

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 29, 2016, 5:57 pm
Thanks Dandelion. Noted. Peace.

Sam H (410)
Monday May 30, 2016, 12:06 am
Thanks Dandelion!

The same tricks they played on kids years ago to send them to war are still being used in the twenty-first century. Now they promise those kids a college education after they serve their country, but they never offer them that education to really serve their country. I see soldiers as the first victims of war, even before a single shot is fired. Sassoon seems to shame those who are too eager to send kids (other than their own) to war.

Suicide in the Trenches

Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)

I KNEW a simple soldier boy
Who grinned at life in empty joy,
Slept soundly through the lonesome dark,
And whistled early with the lark.

In winter trenches, cowed and glum,
With crumps and lice and lack of rum,
He put a bullet through his brain.
No one spoke of him again.

You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye
Who cheer when soldier lads march by,
Sneak home and pray you’ll never know
The hell where youth and laughter go.


Donn M (4)
Monday May 30, 2016, 1:18 am
His anti-abortion stance at least proves he was not a hypocrite in his protests against violence.

Dandelion G (367)
Monday May 30, 2016, 5:14 am
Thanks Sam. Although I do believe in a woman's right to choose and we can get into the weeds of when life is viable or begins at least here I can agree with you Donn, he was not a hypocrite. This has been a problem for me and others when we see the pro life movement - is the hypocrisy. Bring the children in, let them starve, no Dr. or otherwise should be killed for the "cause" and send the children off to wars and never a word against it.

Diane K (134)
Monday May 30, 2016, 7:42 am
Thanks, Dandelion

Marco C (31)
Monday May 30, 2016, 9:43 am
I agree with JLA.

He was outspoken, with actions lead by his convictions, encouragement for others to follow suit. A role model in many ways. We flatter his efforts by thinking, sharing, speaking up and acting when necessary too. Rest in Peace, Father Berrigan.

Thank you Dandelion.

Tom T (246)
Monday May 30, 2016, 4:03 pm
Thank you! for sharing ....

Maryann S (113)
Monday May 30, 2016, 4:36 pm
Rest in Peace, Father Berrigan. Thanks Dandelion.

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Wednesday June 1, 2016, 4:53 pm
Noted & Shared. Thanks Dandelion.
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