“First Things First,” a Crisis Magazine Article by Anthony Esolen

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Dr. Anthony Esolen, Professor and Writer-in-residence at Magdalen College, was recently published in Crisis Magazine. His article, titled “First Things First,” highlights an important feature of Magdalen College.

Compared to the “critical” approach found on many college campuses, at Magdalen we are grateful to “heroic modern souls who sought the truth and told of what they saw.” This openness to learn from such voices is reflected in the photos that line Magdalen’s hallways, including Vaclav Havel, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Flannery O’Connor, and St. John Paul II, among many others.

Dr. Esolen’s article begins with a quotation from Saint-Exupéry:

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

That is from The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, who is one among our gallery of honored men and women at Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts. Wonder and gratitude come first. Only if you are capable of wonder can you delight in the beautiful work of art. Only the grateful son can really understand the father.

Read the full article at https://www.crisismagazine.com/2021/first-things-first.

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