Beauty According to Cardinal Ratzinger #18

Beauty According to Cardinal Ratzinger #18

“Whoever believes in God, in the God who manifested himself, precisely in the altered appearance of Christ crucified as love “to the end” (Jn 13,1), knows that beauty is truth and truth beauty;”

 

Excerpt from

MESSAGE OF HIS EMINENCE CARD. JOSEPH RATZINGER
TO THE COMMUNION AND LIBERATION (CL)
MEETING AT RIMINI (24-30 AUGUST 2002)

“The Feeling of Things, the Contemplation of Beauty”

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The Tabernacle Reflects God #14

The Tabernacle Reflects God #14

In Chapters 25 – 26 of the Bible, the Lord tells Moses to make a “sanctuary” for God so that He can “dwell in their midst.” God then proceeds to tell Moses the specifications for the Ark of the Covenant. Much like the Ark of the Covenant, tabernacles today are made from precious metals such as gold. Some are even veiled in similarity with the Ark of the Covenant.

Thoughts: Therefore, the tabernacle represents something that God wanted to exist, the Ark of the Covenant. The Ark of the Covenant held God’s presence for the Israelites and now the tabernacle holds God’s presence in the Eucharist. By knowing that God desired to have something like a tabernacle to hold Him, we know more about God’s desires and therefore know more about Him as a Being. In addition, the tabernacle’s beauty reflects God’s Beauty. The ornateness reflects God’s immeasurable worth, importance, and supremacy.

Beauty #5

Beauty #5

“For beauty includes three conditions, ‘integrity’ or ‘perfection,’ since those things which are impaired are by the very fact ugly; due ‘proportion’ or ‘harmony’; and lastly, ‘brightness’ or ‘clarity,’ whence things are called beautiful which have a bright color.”

Thoughts: Art in churches represent God. They often contain images depicting God’s beauty and goodness. Because they reflect Truth, they are beautiful. Even things like ornate architecture are beautiful because they reflect perfection in craftsmanship and skill. Perfection reflects God so in this way even architecture is beautiful.

Excerpt from Summa Theologica, Part I, Question 39, Eighth Article, I answer that

God is Beauty #4

God is Beauty #4

Because creation is beautiful, we know that the Being who created it must be beautiful as well. And not only this, but He is perfection of beauty, for to be able to create something, the Creator must be greater than His creation. There must be something or Someone that is the epitome of beauty in order for the lesser existence of beauty in the world.

Thoughts inspired by reading: Because God is beauty and God created living creatures and beautiful things, God is in beautiful things, for when you create something, part of who you are is echoed and a part of that created thing. You cannot make something that does not in some way reflect who you are. Therefore, beautiful art in churches and beautiful churches themselves have God in them to a certain degree.

Article from The beauty of the unchangeable creator is to be inferred from the beauty of the changeable creation

The Relationship Between Art, Faith, and Mankind #3

The Relationship Between Art, Faith, and Mankind #3

“…the beauty of created things can never fully satisfy. It stirs that hidden nostalgia for God…”

“Every genuine art form in its own way is a path to the inmost reality of man and of the world. It is therefore a wholly valid approach to the realm of faith, which gives human experience its ultimate meaning.”

“There is therefore an ethic, even a ‘spirituality’ of artistic service, which contributes in its way to the life and renewal of a people.”

Art is beneficial for the well-being of society. Art is a gateway to faith, and it reflects the mystery of God. God is beauty, so art that is truly beautiful is of God.

Thoughts: This truly beautiful art should be in churches. In this way, art presents to people an aspect of God that is necessary for a more complete understanding of Him.

Article from Letter Of His Holiness Pope John Paul II To Artists.