Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Sacred Art--Via Pulchritudinis

~Here is a wonderful website to explore about Fr. Felix Granda, founder of Granda Liturgical Arts. He says of sacred art:
"Sacred art should speak and teach about Christ, because art, by its spirituality, by its vagueness of expression, being sensible and sincere, speaks to everyone - to the wise and to the ignorant, to the believer and to the disbeliever."
His motivation for creating beautiful sacred art can be summarized by this verse from the Psalms:
I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of Thy house; and the place where Thy glory dwelleth.
The Via Pulchritudinis opens up the pathway for the search for God, and disposes the heart and spirit to meet Christ, who is the Beauty of Holiness Incarnate, offered by God to men for their salvation. (Via Pulchritudinis, Pathway for Evangelisation and Dialogue). All too often we are confronted by the ugliness of decadent art. And so the Way of Beauty awakens us to the mystery of God, through astonishment, gratitude, happiness and contemplation, elevates our minds to what is True and Good.

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