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Monthly Archives: May 2016

Holy Disobedience

by Jim Forest “No” is a word we should use more often. Perhaps the most difficult “no” I ever pronounced happened while I was in the U.S. Navy, stationed in Washington, D.C. Having taken part in a peace demonstration in my free time and out-of-uniform, I quickly found myself in hot water. Afterward I was […]

Nhat Hanh: Seeing with the Eyes of Compassion

by Jim Forest [afterword to the first edition of Nhat Hanh’s The Miracle of Mindfulness] In 1968 I was traveling with Thich Nhat Hanh on a Fellowship of Reconciliation tour during which there were meetings with church and student groups, senators, journalists, professors, business people, and—blessed relief—a few poets. Almost everywhere he went, this brown-robed […]

Daniel Berrigan: The Poet and Priest as Prophet

a chapter from Witness of the Berrigans, edited by Stephen Halpert & Tom Murray (NY: Doubleday, 1972) By Jim Forest It was nearly midnight. Dan Berrigan and I, pushed along by a damp wind, were walking back toward the Jesuits’ Manhattan townhouse after a meeting with college students at a West Side hotel. It must […]

Remembering Daniel Berrigan

By Jim Forest News of Dan Berrigan’s death reached me a few hours after he had breathed his last. Age 94, he had patiently awaited the event for several years while living at the Jesuit infirmary at Fordham University in the Bronx, New York. It happened to be the 30th of April, the Feast of […]