On the Anniversary of His Death, Reflecting on Daniel Berrigan's Ethic of Resurrection

Feb 28, 2020

Introduction to Daniel Berrigan

The Peace Church community gathers together on this special occasion to commemorate the anniversary of Daniel Berrigan's passing. As a renowned Jesuit priest, poet, author, and advocate for peace and social justice, Daniel Berrigan left an indelible mark on our world. His life was dedicated to challenging oppressive systems and promoting love, compassion, and nonviolent resistance. Today, we celebrate his inspiring ethic of resurrection, which continues to guide us in our pursuit of a just and peaceful society.

Remembering Daniel Berrigan's Legacy

Daniel Berrigan's legacy is rooted in his courageous actions and unwavering commitment to justice. He was at the forefront of the anti-war movement, particularly during the Vietnam War era, where he actively protested against the unjust conflicts that plagued our world. Berrigan famously stated, "If you want to follow Jesus, you better look good on wood." This powerful quote encapsulates his belief that true discipleship requires taking a stand, even if it means facing personal sacrifice.

The Ethic of Resurrection

At the core of Daniel Berrigan's teachings is his ethic of resurrection. Berrigan firmly believed that while death and destruction may surround us, there is always hope and the possibility of new life. This ethic calls upon us to rise above despair and actively work towards transforming our society into one that upholds justice, equality, and peace. By embodying the ethic of resurrection, we continue the vital work Berrigan started and honor his memory in the most meaningful way.

Embracing Nonviolent Resistance

One of the key principles that Daniel Berrigan advocated for was nonviolent resistance. He firmly believed in the transformative power of peaceful protest and civil disobedience. Berrigan's actions often landed him in jail, but he never wavered in his commitment to peace. His steadfast dedication to nonviolence serves as a powerful reminder that change can be achieved through peaceful means, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges.

Peace Church Community Gathering

At Peace Church, we invite you to join us in commemorating the anniversary of Daniel Berrigan's death by coming together as a community. We aim to create a space where we can collectively reflect on his teachings, discuss their relevance in today's world, and inspire one another to continue the work of striving for peace and justice. Together, we can carry forward Daniel Berrigan's legacy and ensure his powerful message remains alive in our hearts and actions.


The anniversary of Daniel Berrigan's death serves not only as a day of remembrance but also as a call to action. As we reflect on his life and the ethic of resurrection he championed, we are reminded of our own roles in creating a more just and compassionate society. Let us honor Daniel Berrigan's memory by embracing courage, love, and nonviolent resistance as we work toward a world where peace and justice prevail.

Andrew Lunt
It's truly inspiring to reflect on Daniel Berrigan's timeless legacy of compassion. May his teachings continue to guide us towards a more peaceful and just world. 🕊️🙏
Nov 12, 2023
Neno Duplan
A timeless legacy of compassion.
Nov 8, 2023