Learning How to See Again

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My title for this post is borrowed from a short essay first published in 1952 by the Thomist philosopher, Josef Pieper. “Man’s ability to see is in decline,” argues Pieper in that essay, meaning not, of course, the physiological sensitivity of the human eye, but “the spiritual capacity to perceive the visible reality as it truly is.” … Continue Reading »

Apology to Starlings

From the January 1993 Print Edition

Starlings may mean more than we supposed.Their ugliness but a guiseHiding beauties too deep to probe.Look how they adorn the barren oak.Mimicking so many black and restless leaves.Remnants, making what to them is musicAgainst a sky whose blue is nearly white.This winter day as still as God’s . . . . Continue Reading »