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Faith, Resistance, and the FutureDaniel Berrigan's Challenge to Catholic Social Thought$
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James L. Marsh and Anna Brown

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823239825

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823239825.001.0001

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Consecrating Peace: Reflecting on Daniel Berrigan and Witness

Consecrating Peace: Reflecting on Daniel Berrigan and Witness

(p.100) Consecrating Peace: Reflecting on Daniel Berrigan and Witness
Faith, Resistance, and the Future

William Desmond

Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses the relationship between contemplation and action in Berrigan’s work. In the work of peace-making, there is and must be a contemplative openness to the sacred, a porosity to the sacred, that grounds social activism. More primal than the conatus-essendi is the passio-essendi, we are first given to be before anything else. We are an original “Yes” to being and an activism grounded in this “Yes” tries, with finesse and reverence, to respect the integrity of creation and the human being and is animated by the hope of sanctification. We consecrate peace.

Keywords:   Contemplation, Action, Peace-making, Porosity, Conatus-essendi, Passio-essendi, Sanctification, Consecrate

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