"Our apologies good friends
for the fracture of good order the burning of paper
instead of children the angering of the orderlies
in the front parlor of the charnel house
We could not so help us God do otherwise
For 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 .... "
Dan Berrigan's Meditation on the Action of the Catonsville 9
We are grateful to Pax Christi USA for reminding us that Daniel Berrigan, S.J., celebrates his 90th today. Here's a bio of Berrigan from Jonah House, and here is a recent profile from one of our own venerable retired Jesuits (retired that is, inasmuch as any Jesuit around here retires), George Anderson: "Looking Back in Gratitude." For those too young to be familiar with Berrigan's exploits, a visit with wikipedia may be in order. Berrigan will never be beloved in certain quarters, but I have to be impressed by any man who appears (or was it brother Phil? Or neither?) as a pivotal character in a Paul Simon tune.