I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant’s way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.
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Robert Inchausti is a professor of English at California Polytechnic University. His third book, Thomas Merton’s American Prophecy, is forthcoming from Routledge Press. He lives in San Luis Obispo, California.
At Saint Vincent’s, every class period began with a simple prayer. “Let us remember,” I would say, and the class would reply, “that we are in the holy presence of God.”