While I personally did not know the man himself, I so well know – as a Catholic by birth and by education, as a former Catholic monk, as someone who spent some time in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland during ‘The Troubles’, and as someone who came to know some of those who did personally know him – what kind of person he was and what he as an ordained priest tried to do at much risk to himself.
For he seemed and seems to me to exemplify what Christianity – and especially what Catholicism – embodied: a devotion to social justice founded on a belief that we, as mortal fallible individuals, are not only impermanent but can have such a knowledge of The Divine, of the numinous, as can make and may entice us to be better, more honourable, more fair, more cultured, human beings.
That so many in the modern West no longer seem to appreciate this – or such a religious person – is a cause of sorrow both for me and for many others. For such a pathei-mathos as he and so many others lived and embodied – sans whatever denotatum such individuals are and have been assigned to and/or described by – is, at least in my fallible opinion, such a presencing of our mortal human physis as can and should both remind and evolve us.
In Memoriam Edward Daly, 1933 – 2016