Jul 20 • 1M

As Kingfishers Catch Fire

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The poet and priest Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889) believed that every creature showed forth, in its unique and characteristic way, the beauty and the glory of the Creator. Each thing had what he called its “inscape.” Imagine that you dwell upon the peculiar character of a spread of wild geraniums in an open field. You try to open your mind and soul …

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