|What is beauty?
Why do we need it?
Go to a Catholic parish where
beauty is categorically ignored.
Where there has been virtually
no concern for sacred art or for
making the church building
Where little or no attention
is placed on making the music
beautiful or choosing songs with
Go to a church like that,
where nothing has been invested
in beauty, and then ask:
Is that parish a
stronghold of truth?
Is that parish a
stronghold of goodness?
It’s no coincidence that faith
communities that ignore beauty
are often lukewarm and poorly
If you get rid of truth,
beauty goes too.
What we moderns have forgotten,
the ancients knew well: true beauty
heals the soul, draws us to God, and
yields lasting happiness.
Rich with the wisdom of Plato,
Augustine, Aquinas, and St. John Paul II,
these pages unpack perennial truths
about beauty. . .
. . . and rivet them into your soul,
opening the eyes of your understanding
to the beauty all around us.
Offering an abundance of accessible
examples, author John-Mark Miravalle
demonstrates that beauty is neither in the
eye of the beholder, nor for the cultivated, the
dreamer, or the “hopeless romantic” alone.
On the contrary, the ability to understand,
recognize, and delight in beauty readies all
souls for heaven — and makes it easier
for us to get there.
From these pages, you’ll learn:
- Why beauty is not just a matter of opinion
- The virtues we need to perceive beauty and to enjoy it
- How to determine whether an artwork is truly beautiful
- The respective roles of reason and emotion in appreciating beauty
- How the beauty of nature testifies to God’s existence . . . while rejection of God obscures nature’s beauty
With the help of these pages, you’ll
receive fresh eyes to marvel again (or for
the first time) at the beauty of nature, music,
art, architecture, and, most importantly, the
beauty of God, the fountainhead and exemplar
of all things on earth that are beautiful.
Beauty: What It Is and Why It Matters
by John-Mark Miravalle
Paperback — 144 pages
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