Blessed are the peacemakers

That staunchly utilitarian newspaper, The Economist, last week paid tribute to Daniel Berrigan SJ, a passionate American priest and poet, who opposed war and the interests profiting from it. Throughout his life, their obituary notes, nothing dampened his conviction that to follow Jesus meant to act out a life of peacemaking and challenging the warmongers. For his pains, he was declared an enemy of the state and of the church, and spent periods in prison and being sent abroad. But, he liked to say, if you were serious about Jesus, you had better start considering whether you’d look good on wood.