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Red Egg

According to legend, Mary Magdalene brought a snack–eggs–to those in vigil at the Tomb. When she and the Lord had their “Noli me tangere” moment (presumably not uttered in Latin) the eggs in her basket turned red. The legend continues: … Continue reading

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Susanna, Two Depictions

I’ve mused on these pages before how difficult I’ve found the search for (what I would consider) good images of the Susanna story in Daniel 13. Just close my eyes and go to Mass on the fifth Monday in Lent–hey! … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: Conclusion, Part 4

Let’s give our pope emeritus the last word: The Church of the third millennium seeks this beauty in the meeting with its Lord, and with Him, in the dialogue of love with the men and women of our times. At … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: Conclusion, Part 3

Here’s part 3 of 4 of the Conclusion to this document on the Way of Beauty. The parceling out of this is just my pulling out the final thoughts of the Pontifical Council for Culture. Not really part of the document … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: Conclusion, Part 1

We arrive at a fitting Conclusion to this document on the Way of Beauty. We’ll let the thinking of the Pontifical Council for Culture parcel out bit by bit over the next few days. To propose the via pulchritudinis as a pathway of evangelization … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: The Beauty of Christ, Pastoral Proposals, Part 5

As we discuss Pastoral Proposals for the The Beauty of Christ, Model and Prototype of Christian Holiness, we return to the liturgy. The Council for Culture recognizes that you can’t teach being an open liturgical celebrant. Liturgy as a member … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: The Beauty of Christ, Pastoral Proposals, Part 4

Pastoral Proposals involving the Beauty of Christ discusses “education,” including in and about the liturgy. An appropriate education helps the faithful grow in the life of prayer of adoration and worship, and fuller participation in the truth to a liturgy lived … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: The Beauty of Christ, Pastoral Proposals, Part 3

Let’s continue with Pastoral Proposals for looking more carefully at the beauty of Christ. Today’s citations look at the Blessed Virgin and the saints. Others have also been engaged in the via pulchritudinis in recent decades, for example Mariologists, especially since Paul VI spoke … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: The Beauty of Christ, Pastoral Proposals, Part 2

We have reached the final considerations of the document Via Pulchritudinis, The Beauty of Christ, Model and Prototype of Christian Holiness. And here are some Pastoral Proposals to wrap up our discussion. Pope John Paul II offered encouragement to find the Lord’s … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: The Beauty of Christ, Pastoral Proposals, Part 1

We arrive at the end of our discussion on The Beauty of Christ, Model and Prototype of Christian Holiness and the Pontifical Council for Culture offers its Pastoral Proposals. We’ll take these slowly, and in pieces, touching on matters such as episcopal … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: Beauty in the Liturgy, Part 4

Let’s finish up the topic of Beauty in the Liturgy. Superficiality, banality and negligence have no place in the liturgy. They not only do not help the believer progress on (the) path of faith but above all damage those who … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: Beauty in the Liturgy, Part 3

Let’s continue with more reflections on Beauty in the Liturgy. An experience more recent than the glory of the Hagia Sophia … The French writer Paul Claudel allured to the internal force of the liturgy in witnessing to his conversion during the … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: Beauty in the Liturgy, Part 2

Let’s continue our exploration of Beauty in the Liturgy. A legend cited: During a conference at the 23rd National Italian Eucharistic Congress, Cardinal Ratzinger cited in his introduction the old legend about the origins of the Christian faith in Russia. According … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: Beauty in the Liturgy, Part 1

This is a topic I almost isolated and treated on its own, but in the end the whole document poked my interest. It’s taken a while to get to Beauty in the Liturgy. Where we left off yesterday, we looked … Continue reading

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