I met a man this afternoon doing some business with us on marketing and the question of beauty came to the fore. He remarked on how we are among the few clients he has who have concern for beauty, simple sophistication, not foppishness. I recalled for him that beauty is a theological datum; it is such a principled piece of Catholicism that it is shameful of what passes for beauty.
Several years ago I came across a couple of lines of Cardinal Ratzinger’s that speaks of beauty as really, really important. He said, “A theologian who does not love art, poetry, music and nature can be dangerous. Blindness and deafness toward the beautiful are not incidental; they necessarily are reflected in his theology.” In other words, don’t trust a theologian who has no regard for beauty.
Then on FB I noted this quote and image on beauty.
It is one of the notable sadnesses of our time that so many are incapable of fascination with the deeper levels of human beauty, especially those rooted in the spirit, levels that far transcend physical attractiveness. Before lofty human traits some people are more or less apathetic, listless, unmoved, even hardened. And many seem to die as they live.
Thomas Dubay. S.M., The Evidential Power of Beauty, p.64-65.
Catholic TV will premiere “The Sea Within” Friday, July 27 at 9:30pm and Saturday, July 28 at 1pm. “The Sea Within” explores the spirituality of surfing as shared by Dr. Peter Kreeft, professor of philosophy at Boston College.
The project is based on his three books on the subject: I Surf Therefore I Am, If Einstein Had Been a Surfer, and The Sea Within. It was produced by Kindly Light, the media division of the Dominican Fathers Province of Saint Joseph. Donations to Kindly Light are tax-deductible and your gift is one way to actively participate in our media projects for the new evangelization.
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“The main task for us all is that of a new evangelization aimed at helping younger generations to rediscover the true face of God, who is Love.” -Pope Benedict XVI.