Cultivate an ability to see

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A crowdsourced list from Rod Dreher's blog on 'cultivating an ability to see the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, to embrace them and to defend them in a hostile culture'

  • Gregory Wolfe’s “The New Religious Humanists: A Reader”
  • Schmemann
  • Eliot's The Four Quartets
  • The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Beauty for Truth's Sake: On the Re-enchantment of Education by Stratford Caldecott
  • Tolstoy, Nabokov
  • Richard Wilbur's poetry
  • The End of Vandalism by Tom Drury
  • The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
  • The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
  • David Bentley Hart’s The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss
  • "Anything by De Sade, if you actually read it and contemplate it long enough. He had the Enlightenment “pegged” you could say"
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  • T.H. White’s “The Once and Future King”. Although not a religious believer, White’s grasp of Medieval Catholic piety & sacramentality is outstanding, and the whole work is profoundly beautiful.
  • The Path to Rome, by Belloc
  • the Spirit of Early Christian Thought, by Robert Louis Wilken
  • Robert Pirsig’s “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance”. The entire book is an investigation into the existence of Quality. He finally concludes that quality exists before, and outside of, the rationalist scientific system.
  • The Arena, Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov & Wounded by Love, Saint Porphyrios
  • The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Watership Down, Olive Kitteridge, the Selfish Giant
  • Desert Solitaire & The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey
  • Any Mark Helprin, but more specifically A Soldier of the Great War, The Pacific and Other Stories, In Sunlight and In Shadow. Also, the title story from A Dove of the East.