Via Pulchritudinis: Conclusion, Part 2

This quest leads back to the original times, as if (people) were desperately seeking the world of beauty out of (their) reach ever since the original fall. It crosses history under multiple forms and the profusion of a multitude of works of beauty in all civilizations does not quench its thirst.

This witness merely shows that the quest for beauty is “programmed” into the human being. If a skeptic is unprepared to account for God, then certainly we notice that the search for beauty (however a person defines it) is wired into our genetic makeup.

It is important to cast our gaze far and wide, beyond the regions we’ve walked frequently. God will indeed have prepared important glimpses in the works of beauty across many civilizations, certainly even non-Christian ones. Even a Christian steeped in reason would want to know how others have had the seed of Christ planted before the people ever got to know him.

Jesus does not whisper in our ears, or give new testimony about himself. We already have the witness we need:

Pilate asked Christ the question concerning the truth. Christ replied with silence: this truth is unspoken but reaches, without words, the very heart of our being. Jesus revealed Himself to His disciples, “I am the way the truth and the life.” Now he is silent. But he shows the way, the path of truth which peaks at the cross, mystery of wisdom. Pilate does not understand, but mysteriously he Himself gives the answer to His question, “What is truth?” Before the people he cries, “Behold the Man!” It is Christ who is the truth.

The full document is here.

Image: the rose window at Notre Dame in Paris, By Zachi Evenor based on File:North rose window of Notre-Dame de Paris, Aug 2010.jpg by Julie Anne Workman – CC BY-SA 2.0,

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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