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‘Dear brothers and sisters, may the Lord help us to rediscover the way of beauty as one of the itineraries, perhaps the most attractive and fascinating, on which to succeed in encountering and loving God.’

Benedict XVI, General Audience, 18th November, 2009

Welcome to the Way of Beauty blog!

I hope you visit often and enjoy the articles and discussion presented. This site is aimed at answering this call. We have short articles and discussion on points on all aspects of the culture of beauty. This culture incorporates all human activity, leisure and work. We will also discuss traditional ways of teaching people to apprehend beauty – it can be taught.

A principle to live by – leading a beautiful life

Beauty is, like morality, a guiding principle of life. Just like truth and goodness, it is an objective quality. All that is beautiful reflects the patterns and the order of heaven, and ultimately the mind of the Creator, the source of all beauty. The cosmos bears this and the work of man, when following God’s inspiration, can bear it too, even surpassing the beauty of nature. When man works gracefully, he is on the path to God. He experiences joy. The beauty of his work calls others  to itself and then beyond, opening their souls to God, as they travel together on the via pulchritudinis.

Inspiration and Creativity

When we apprehend beauty we do so intuitively. So an education that improves our ability to apprehend beauty also develops our intuition. All creativity, even that employed in business or scientific endeavors, is at its source intuitive. Furthermore, the creativity that an education in beauty stimulates generates not just more ideas, but better ideas—better because they are more in harmony with the natural order. The recognition of beauty moves us to love what we see, and leaves us more inclined to serve God and our fellow man. When we follow the via pulchritudinis, the Way of Beauty, we experience joy. When our activities our graceful, they open the souls of all who see them to God and draw them onto that path too.

Life, Liturgy the Universe and Everything!

The traditional quadrivium is essentially the study of pattern, harmony, symmetry and order in nature and mathematics, viewed as a reflection of the Divine Order. Along with Church tradition, they provide the model for the rhythms and cycles of the liturgy. Christian culture, like classical culture before it, was patterned after this cosmic order, which provides the unifying principle that runs through every traditional discipline. Literature, art, music, architecture, philosophy—all of creation and potentially all human activity—are bound together by this common harmony and receive their fullest meaning in the Church’s liturgy.




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