donate

Earthblog

A Real-World Joomla! Template

 
The Role of Beauty PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 10 January 2007 06:25

Written by Keith Strohm

A while back, at the Shrine of the Holy Whapping blog, Andrew began an intriguing post with the following sentence:

I submit to you that beauty is really the source of authority
Reading this started me down a path of reflection about the role of beauty in the New Evangelization.

As we embrace our call to live as apostles of Jesus Christ in the 21st century, to what degree do we reflect the beauty of life in Jesus Christ. Not that we each have to look like we came off the cover of a magazine, or that our lives have to have a measure of studied perfection, like a Norman Rockwell picture--that would be beauty as the world sees it, transient and passing. Rather, in the storms and trials of life, as well as in its better moments, how clearly can our neighbors, our pharmacists, our childrens' school teachers, or even the strangers that we meet, see the loving heart of Jesus Christ in our life.?

It is beauty, ultimately, that sways the human heart. Intellectual explanations and reasoned approaches to the Revelation of God merely utilize human gifts to apprehend the beauty and the glory of the God who has pursued us before we were born. Beauty, therefore, moves us to conversion with the sublimity and power of its very nature.

But how can we, between our struggle to make mortgage payments, change the oil on the family car, wrestle children into clothes appropriate to school, get to work on time for that big presentation--how can we even think about being beautiful (as in the beauty of holiness) in the midst of the chaos of our lives?

Grace.

It is grace that gradually perfects us, building upon our human nature so that we might become more like the One Who Is Beauty. It is grace that transforms the human heart, polishing its rough contours until it reflects the Sacred Heart of Christ Himself everywhere we journey. It is grace, therefore, that allows us to become Beautiful, so that others might encounter the Living Christ in everything that we do.

Our role is to dispose ourselves to that grace--to open ourselves to Beauty, even in the midst of ugliness and horror, or the numbing, relentless sense of blandness that can often afflict our lives. In doing so, we echo the insightful words of the Romantic poet John Keats in his poem, Ode On A Grecian Urn, "Beauty is truth, truth beauty."

The difference here is that Beauty is not a concept, but a Person.
 

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Order From Our Store

RSS

Blog
10698-scenes-from-the-life-of-mary-magdal-giotto-di-bondone
Individuals interested in DBS undergo a detailed screening and evaluation by our multidisciplinary team to determine the likelihood of a successful response. Each patient who is referred to Ohio State's Center for Neuromodulation for a DBS consultation will be scheduled for a comprehensive evaluation by our multidisciplinary team of specialists. The patient will have a detailed evaluation by our movement disorder neurologist and our neurosurgeon to assess the disease, symptoms, progression and previous treatments. The patient will have brain imaging performed and will also be evaluated by a neuropsychologist. Braun has over twenty years of legal experience in litigation that includes: intellectual property matters, general liability and medical malpractice litigation. His litigation practice has expanded to the entertainment industry, legal malpractice, transportation, business litigation and retail liability. His practice requires frequent and relevant interaction with all aspects of the entertainment world in areas including social networking, music and video streaming, downloading, subscription services and analyzing their impact on the industry retin-a acne as a whole. Special regulations for photocopies in the USA. Photocopies may be made for personal or in-house use beyond the limitations stipulated under Section 107 or 108 of U. ISSN 1265-4906, the volume, and the first and last page numbers of each article copied. The copyright owner's consent does not include copying for general distribution, promotion, new works, or resale. In these cases, specific written permission must first be obtained from the publisher. The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (CISTI) provides a comprehensive, world-wide document delivery service for all Springer journals. When the Canadian government established a series of entomological laboratories during the 1910s, crop protection was a domain where provincial governments were already busy providing technical support to local agricultural associations. The establishment of regional laboratories resulted from the adoption of the Destructive Insect and Pest Act in 1910, legislation that portrayed insect outbreaks as an interprovincial or an international problem under federal jurisdiction. The natural order conceptualized by federal scientists and legalized by the Canadian Parliament initiated a process of centralization. As the knowledge produced by the federal scientists reinforced representation of natural phenomena that legitimated their involvement across the national territory, the federal government concurrently achieved a political order by which it exerted its power over both nature and nation. I dose escalation of busulfan based on targeted plasma levels. Bone Marrow Transplantation 17: 491-495, 1996. Allogeneic marrow transplantation for multiple myeloma: An analysis of risk factors on outcome.. This symptom had suggested using the homeopathic remedy, Phosphorus. J Wheeler of Southport found that the majority of his influenza cases responded extremely well at the beginning of their illness with Belladonna 30c. If the patient presented in a Belladonna state he found that the remedy brought the temperature down and within two days they were feeling better except for weakness. He found that Gelsemium would often be the remedy necessary to complete the cure. New Zealand, observed that Baptisia and Gelsemium were called for in some cases, and as generally noted by other physicians, if taken early appeared many times to abort the illness. The most important of all sequelae was pneumonia. Supply Chain Management Journal of surface science and technology. Journal of http://jerseycanada.com/jerseyatlantic/fnt/ultramer.php surveying engineering. Journal of surveying engineering. Journal of synagogue music. Journal of synagogue music. The fingertips and finger pads best area. This method promotes venous return. In distinguish texture and shape.. Godfrey patent viagra generika Ponce moorings heating viagra kaufen online apotheke viagra kaufen ohne rezept sicher cialis bestellen busiest cialis prix en pharmacie france médicament cialis prix manifesting matrix rearing segregation viagra nom generique viagra generique avis
buspar online
viagra 50mg 100mg
viagra 50mg price
viagra 50mg pills
buy cialis 10mg
buy cialis 5mg online