Mr. Philip de Mahy, Jr., is a doctoral candidate in CUA’s School of Arts and Sciences who, along with Mr. Taylor Fayle, made the videos for this summer reading project possible. In the video below, he discusses Gerard Manley Hopkins’s poem “God’s Grandeur.”
Hopkins’s poem says, “And for all this, nature is never spent.” He means that, despite all of humanities efforts and mistakes, nature never loses the power of God’s grandeur inside it. Mr. de Mahy described what Hopkins understood that power to be. In our own time, when many are working to make humanity something like the masters and possessors of nature, how can we avoid the temptation to pursue efficiency without a moral imagination, and approach the world with the respect that it deserves as God’s handiwork.