January is National Braille Month. Louis Braille, who invented the Braille System of raised dots so that the blind could read, was born on January 4. This year is the 200th Anniversary of his birth. Louis became blind at age three. The Braille System has been invaluable for blind people. Organizations for the blind make books in Braille available for persons with poor or no vision. Mary has a friend who is blind. This friend has been a lector at a Sunday Eucharist reading the Braille text. Her blind friend once told her, “You see with your eyes. I see with my mind.” Dear God, help us to see with both our eyes and our minds. Help us to appreciate the gift of sight.