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John Duns Scotus, son of Scotland, England, France and Germany
known and loved across the nations, this is how we all should be.
John Franciscan, theologian, teacher of philosophy:
‘Subtle Doctor using logic as he sought to help us see.

God’s will and our human freedom are keys to understand
it is love that is the essence, all creation shows God’s hand.
John saw clear the role of Mary, ‘Jesus’ Mother, without sin:
she was born so, out of God’s will, through the grace of Christ ,our King.

Europe of the Middle Ages may now seem a dusty page,
yet the quest for God and meaning is as fresh in our own age.
John Duns Scotus, monk and scholar, thought beyond old boundaries.
Faith and logic, love and wisdom: bless us with such gifts as these.

Hymn: John Duns Scotus: Words © Stephen E. Smyth & Gerry Fitzpatrick

John Duns Scotus     –      A man for Europe

The above hymn comes at the end of the children’s Cantata written by Fr Sean Fitzgerald for the 7th centenary of his death.

Some Glasgow schools will celebrate Duns Scotus with that Cantata on Tuesday 22nd November in Wellington Church, University Avenue, Glasgow.

“In this cantata we become pilgrims in the footsteps of John Duns Scotus, exploring the journey of The Three Wise Men as we make our way across Europe, from Haddington to North Uist, to Oxford, Paris and Cologne. Duns Scotus lived in Scotland in the 13th century, at the time of Wallace and Bruce. Born in Duns, he was educated at Haddington, then at the Temple at Carinish in North Uist in the Outer Hebrides, before going on to Oxford, Paris and Cologne – first as student and then as a scholar renowned for his wisdom and teaching throughout Europe. The learned disputes among scholars of his time gave rise to the term ‘Dunce’ once so readily used in Scottish education. It shows the depth of feeling aroused then in the cut and thrust of debate about the central truths of philosophy. Unfortunately, by our time the word had taken on a different meaning, and had become a term of sarcasm or even abuse. The Cantata is colourful entertainment, engaging children in song, dance and story as they follow this great Scot in his journey across Europe to Cologne. It is designed to let the children explore the roots of Scotland’s influence in Europe during the 13th and 14th centuries and to help them understand that education and scholarship were not unknown even during a time of war in this small country to the north-west of Europe, and that Scotland was capable of producing a man reputed to be one of the finest scholars of his age.”