Beauty is important for human beings. Just like our body requires oxygen to breath, our soul longs for beauty. We can find that beauty in nature and in other people, but we also have the wonderful gift of being able to create it, through works of art.
Saint John Paul II says in his Letter to Artists: “Beauty is a key to the mystery and a call to transcendence. It is an invitation to savour life and to dream of the future”. It’s therefore a stair that connects our world with Heaven, the natural with the supernatural. It’s a key not just in the sense that it’s important, but it’s an access key: when we contemplate it, we can enter into the mystery. It’s like a spark of the light of God that has made its way through this grey world, and, if we grab it, it will be for us like an open door to penetrate more and more in that whole other world, the Kingdom of God.
Keep reading this article at FOCUS, the new digital magazine in which we talk about God by contemplating His footprints in the beauty of art, creation, people and inner life.
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Although now I work in the fitness and nutrition field, I have a degree on History and Art History. And, above all, I’m passionated about beauty. In the end, it’s a concern people with eating disorders have, and also one that moves people to want to take care of their body. And I think it’s a legitimate one. The problem is how distorted and twisted this concept is due to some society ideals. Just like it’s happening in the art world.
The beauty of art can also help us heal the wounds of our souls, and that’s why we have things like art therapy. It’s another way of praying with the body: making art or contemplating art.
I hope you enjoy the article and it pushes you to look for that beauty your soul is longing for and can hardly find in the mainstream world.