On Blessing and Redemption

Ms. Lisa Campbell, an alumna of Catholic University who has served as an Undergraduate Advisor here, fills us in more about what is happening in “Experience Beyond Need” in the following video:

Ms. Campbell talks about the importance of cultivating an openness to receiving the gift of beautiful experiences from the world. What are ways that people can encourage one another to make sure to be open to such experiences?

One additional note: Lisa also wanted me to mention that the passage of Marilynne Robinson’s novel Gilead that she discusses in her video draws upon the Bible’s story of Abraham binding his son Issac as a sacrifice on a mountain in the land of Moriah (Genesis 22).

Photo: “Blooms from below at McMahon Hall (Catholic University; Washington, DC)” by Bryan Atchison, used by permmission.

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  1. Jaesen Evangelista says:

    Honestly, I think it just goes back to the golden rule: Treat others the way you want to be treated. I know for me, personally, I would want others to be open to my opinions and decisions. I wouldn’t want people to label me as something I wouldn’t label myself as, judge me for my actions because it’s not what they think is right, or try to act like I’m too naive to know anything and should only listen to them. No, I would want others to accept me for my beliefs and respect them, even if they disagree with me. That is why I try my hardest (though it is not without failure) to be open to other people’s opinions. This idea can play a role in being open to the beauty around us as well. If we only focus on the concerns of ourselves and nothing else, such as school or work, we 100% lose sight of everything and everyone around us. If we are not able to see beyond what we already know, we will miss the moments that Ames feels when he sees the moon and sun. We need to humble ourselves to other things and other people in order to experience and grow. And, in return, we will not only experience miracles but receive the same openness and humility from others too. We will be accepted because we accept others, and we will feel exuberant joy from experiencing nature because we allow it to come into our lives. We need to treat others the way we would want to be treated.

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