Letter To Artists 6b: A Glimpse Into The Abyss Of Light

Our examination with Pope John Paul II into that “fruitful alliance between the Gospel and art” continues looking at that commonality between the life of faith and the experience of great art:

Believers find nothing strange in this: they know that they have had a momentary glimpse of the abyss of light which has its original wellspring in God. Is it in any way surprising that this leaves the spirit overwhelmed as it were, so that it can only stammer in reply?

In the life of faith, this may be easier. An artist, after all wants to express herself or himself competently.

True artists above all are ready to acknowledge their limits and to make their own the words of the Apostle Paul, according to whom “God does not dwell in shrines made by human hands” so that “we ought not to think that the Deity is like gold or silver or stone, a representation by human art and imagination” (Acts 17:24, 29). If the intimate reality of things is always “beyond” the powers of human perception, how much more so is God in the depths of his unfathomable mystery!

God is far beyond? Of course. But how to communicate that with intimacy and attraction: that is often the challenge. God is also very personal and intimate with us. Pope John Paul II’s Letter To Artists is available in its entirety online here.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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