Video – Fr Peter Damian Fehlner: Scotus Symposium Intro
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In the first video of our International Centenary Symposium on the Mariology of Bl. John Duns Scotus, Fr. Peter gives a short introduction on the nature and importance of the Mariology of Scotus who, in the words of the Jesuit poet Gerard Manley Hopkins, "fired France for Mary without spot". (His poem 'Duns Scotus' Oxford', referenced by Fr. Peter, is posted below.)
Towery city and branchy between towers;
Cuckoo-echoing, bell-swarmèd, lark-charmèd, rook-racked, river-rounded;
The dapple-eared lily below thee; that country and town did
Once encounter in, here coped and poisèd powers;
Thou hast a base and brickish skirt there, sours
That neighbour-nature thy grey beauty is grounded
Best in; graceless growth, thou hast confounded
Rural rural keeping—folk, flocks, and flowers.
Yet ah! this air I gather and I release
He lived on; these weeds and waters, these walls are what
He haunted who of all men most sways my spirits to peace;
Of realty the rarest-veinèd unraveller; a not
Rivalled insight, be rival Italy or Greece;
Who fired France for Mary without spot.