LeAnne Martin
Christians in the Arts

Monday, February 12, 2007

Beauty: "A Joy Forever"

We are surrounded by beauty if we have the eyes and the heart to receive it. May these quotations remind you to seek out the beauty in your life, whether in art, in creation or somewhere else, and to use it to draw you closer to the Lord.

“This world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair. Beauty, like truth, brings joy to the human heart and is that precious fruit which resists the erosion of time, which unites generations and enables them to be one in admiration!” Pope John Paul II, Letter to Artists, Easter Sunday, 1999.

“A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness.” John Keats

“God has given us the Morning Star already: you can go and enjoy the gift on many fine mornings if you get up early enough. What more, you may ask, do we want? Ah, but we want so much more…We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which hardly be put into words—to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it.” C.S. Lewis,
The Weight of the Glory

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