Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Authentic Beauty Revisited

In the ugliness of Calvary, God showed us his redemptive power, his unconditional love for his children and his everlasting splendor. He took something horrible and made us understand the sheer, almost blinding, beauty of his love for us.

This saving beauty is visible and felt. It is in the image of Jesus on the cross, in Christ's presence in the Eucharist, and in sacred art and music.
BUT! Beauty is also present in the natural world God created, like in a moonlit night, a sunrise, a field or the smile of a child.

And we as humans strive to create beauty . . . . . . Take away fine art and we are left bereft of an important way of praising God and expressing our love of God.

Quoting Pope Paul VI in his Dec. 8, 1965, letter to artists, Cardinal Poupard said the world "needs beauty in order to not sink into despair. It is beauty, like truth, which brings joy" to the human heart, and "resists the wear and tear of time."

The rest of the post:
photo: sunset @ the north pole


~Joseph the Worker said...

What a beautiful photograph!

Abbey said...

Oh my goodness, yes! Our expression of adoration and love to our Maker comes in many forms, and His for us in the same way. These most magnificent things take form and sometimes last but a moment, but the memory of which last a lifetime. Like the photograph - it is tremendously beautiful. To think HOW God thought of EVERYTHING down to the mustard seed .... whew, it makes me dizzy (the good kind!).

Much love,

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