Today I was writing about this quote from Helen Keller at my personal blog, There Will Be Bread:
I, who cannot see, find hundreds of things to interest me through mere touch. I feel the delicate symmetry of a leaf. I pass my hands lovingly about the smooth skin of a silver birch, or the rough shaggy bark of a pine…. I feel the delightful, velvety texture of a flower, and discover its remarkable convolutions; and something of the miracle of Nature is revealed to me.
Occasionally, if I am very fortunate, I place my hand gently on a small tree and feel the happy quiver of a bird in full song…. At times my heart cries out with longing to see these things. If I can get so much pleasure from mere touch, how much more beauty must be revealed by sight.
Yet, those who have eyes apparently see little. The panorama of color and action which fills the world is taken for granted…. It is a great pity that, in the world of light, the gift of sight is used only as a mere convenience rather than as a means of adding fullness to life. – Helen Keller
Then I went to mass and something really caught my heart… Jesse Manibusan was at mass with us. (He has a concert at St. Edward’s tonight that I could not make, sadly.) Anyway, how great to be there when we actually sang Jesse’s Gloria and also, Open My Eyes, Lord. I thought that that was really a bit of grace-filled synchronicity!
Here is Jesse singing that song – beautiful!