Believe by doing

Families at odds, the church fatuous and sexually obsessed, a rapacious economy, bellicose foreign policies, a mad arms race. And a political spectacle worthy of ancient, decaying Roman imperialists—squads of politicos, boring, incompetent, mean-spirited, morally dilapidated, uncouth of speech, vying with one another for pride of place for lucre. Where then has fled the famous promise of God? In what is one to believe, to whom entrust the future, the children? We come to believe by doing.

Daniel Berrigan
Jeremiah: The World, the Wound of God


In memory of Father Daniel Berrigan—a Jesuit priest, poet, and peace activist—who died Saturday. Quote hat tip: David Dark.