Perception, Silence & Being Lame

a SEi meeting of educators (houston)

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CHRISTMAS EVE (WINTER MOONLIGHT) by George Inness
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a meeting of educators

You are invited to a SEi meeting for educators on Tuesday, December 29th from 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. A "happy hour" of sorts will follow the meeting.


We will begin the session with a brief discussion of prudence and perception, drawing from a handful of quotes selected from Josef Pieper's works on prudence and contemplation. In this discussion we will also touch on various roles and metaphors for teachers, including as healer and cooperative artist, and as shepherd.


The main "event" is a dramatic reading of Flannery O'Connor's The Lame Shall Enter First, followed by active conversation. The Pieper selections will be available, as will the story if necessary. (Please let me know if you need a copy of the short story.)


A pen and notebook are encouraged.


Please rsvp as space will be limited.


Merry Christmas!

...the world reveals itself to the silent listener and only to him; the more silently he listens, the more purely is he able to perceive reality.


...reason is nothing else than the power to understand reality...


...these false prudences arise from covetousness and are by nature akin to it...how impossible just estimate and decision is without a youthful spirit of brave trust and, as it were, a reckless tossing away of anxious self-preservation, a relinquishment of all egoistic bias toward mere confirmation of the self...


~ Josef Pieper, from A Brief Reader on the Virtues of the Human Heart and Prudence

Perception, Silence & Being Lame: a SEi meeting of educators

Tuesday, Dec. 29th, 1:30-4:30pm

1707 Milford Street

Houston, TX

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

"...I'm stronger than you are and I'm going to save you. The good will triumph."


"Not when it ain't true," the boy said. "Not when it ain't right."


"My resolve isn't shaken..."


~ The Lame Shall Enter First

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"Your shoe," he said eagerly, "today is the day to get your shoe!" Thank God for the shoe!


But when they went to the brace shop, they found that the shoe had been made two sizes too small and a new one would not be ready for another ten days. Johnson's temper improved at once. The clerk had obviously made a mistake in the measurements but the boy insisted the foot had grown. He left the shop with a pleased expression, as if, in expanding, the foot had acted on some inspiration of its own. Sheppard's face was haggard.


~ The Lame Shall Enter First



See link below to her collected stories--a book to have in your library!

a Plan

  • 1:30 meet at SEi Milford St., intro and brief discussion of perception, prudence, and ideas of the teacher
  • 2:15 dramatic reading of The Lame Shall Enter First
  • 2:45 break
  • 3:15 finish story and discussion
  • 4:30 refreshments and finis
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Give light, and the darkness will disappear of itself. ~ Erasmus

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