The sense of the beautiful


One of the awesome things about our Catholic faith is how it fully embraces and engages all of our God-given senses. In this it recognizes that our faith is not something we experience in some spiritual bubble that is totally separate from the physical world.

We recognize that God speaks to us in the language of creation. That our physical world – whether it is nature, our human bodies, or otherwise – communicates something about God to us. Through our physical bodies and world…our soul senses.

This is why every single sacrament involves something physical (water, bread, wine, oil, our bodies, etc.). God made matter to help us connect with him – not to hinder us. That is why the sights, sounds, smells, etc. in the Catholic faith and history are so prominent. They are truly beautiful. And our senses reveal their beauty.

God gave us this sense of the beautiful. It always points us to Him. Let us not go a day wasting it.

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Michael Velosa April 20, 2009 at 1:43 pm

The Catholic faith is clearly divine in it’s foundation precisely because it’s also so human. God founded the Catholic faith to match the humanity He created. I love the faith. It’s so earthy in its signs, sacraments and symbols and yet totally divine in her truths. Thanks Matt for the imput. God bless

Dan Kenney April 20, 2009 at 9:45 pm

Matthew: “Sense of the Beautiful”? I love that. Just say Christopher West on Saturday as he proclaimed this very same message…about the very earthy, and extraordinarily beautiful act of Human Sex. Matthew, I too love that our Faith approaches and finds communion with God in all of these different physical ways. Look forward to your future posts!


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