On the Creator in Creation

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.

PHOTO: “COMO UNA BALSA” BY FOTODIAGRAMAS IS LICENSED UNDER CC BY-NC 2.0.

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  1. Ethan Blanchard says:

    The video was actually inspiring.

    I realize that the human dominance and supremacy over the nature around us is our destiny. We are (imperfect) images of the Master Creator. Therefore, if we resemble the Master then we ourselves should be masters. And we are. We have power over much of Earth (which is a sliver of God’s creation). But, to have power over something is only halfway to mastery. To fulfill our roles and give glory to our Master Creator we need to also be responsible with the things we have power over and to use our power to create, not destroy.

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