The Dark Night of Resistance Author:Daniel Berrigan From dust jacket: — This extraordinary book, written during the four months that Daniel Berrigan was resisting arrest and living underground, is an unexpected gift. Rather than being merely an account of a fugitive's life, this is a spiritual work of the highest order, the work of an unusual man brooding over injustice, war, love, and setting for... more »th his vision of what a man can become.
His starting point is St. John of the Cross from whom the author draws the- inspiration that informs his unorthodox "commentary" on The Dark Night of the Soul. Here, John is the guru, the master to whom the disciple comes for enlightenment, the one whose vision inspires the disciple as he searches for his own vision.
As the "commentary" moves on, it becomes the instrument by which Father Berrigan extends his own moral commitment to explore and reaffirm his spiritual philosophy, his concern for the world, his intense desire to awaken and move society in a nonviolent way. The result is a magnificent outpouring of prose and poetry, intense, personal, witty; the exposition of the heart of a man.
"How are we to live our lives today? We are in the dark preliminary stages of a new humanity, together. Imagine! my brother in prison, myself on the run, our friends here and there (in prison, on the run), and in every city between. Thus, all of us are enabled, in an utterly new way, to probe and ponder the new forms of community, the questions about the future, the usefulness and joy and hope that may arise from this. From physical stasis, and from a slippery, even absurd mobility (in prison, underground) -in both conditions, to explore our spiritual freedom. Am I suffering delusions, or can others see with me the stunning opportunity that opens like a grace before us?"« less