Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Advent Credo

By Daniel Berrigan (1921-2016)


It is not true that creation and the human 
family are doomed to destruction and loss—
This is true: For God so loved the world that 

He gave his only begotten Son, that whoever 
believes in Him shall not perish but have 
everlasting life;

It is not true that we must accept inhumanity
and discrimination, hunger and poverty,
death and destruction—
This is true: I have come that they may have

life, and that abundantly.

It is not true that violence and hatred should 
have the last word, and that war and 
destruction rule forever—
This is true: Unto us a child is born, unto us a 

Son is given, and the government shall be 
upon his shoulder, his name shall be called 
wonderful councilor, mighty God, the 
Everlasting, the Prince of peace.

It is not true that we are simply victims of the 
powers of evil who seek to rule the world—
This is true: To me is given authority in 

heaven and on earth, and lo I am with you, 
even until the end of the world.

It is not true that we have to wait for those 
who are specially gifted, who are the prophets 
of the Church before we can be peacemakers—
This is true: I will pour out my spirit on all 

flesh and your sons and daughters shall 
prophesy, your young men shall see visions 
and your old men shall have dreams.

It is not true that our hopes for liberation of 
humankind, of justice, of human dignity of 
peace are not meant for this earth and for this 
This is true: The hour comes, and it is now, 

that the true worshipers shall worship God in 
spirit and in truth.

So let us enter Advent in hope, even hope
against hope. Let us see visions of love and 
peace and justice. Let us affirm with humility, 
with joy, with faith, with courage: Jesus 
Christ—the life of the world.

From Testimony: The Word Made Flesh,
by Daniel Berrigan, S.J. Orbis Books, 2004.