Beauty deserves to be on the agenda for any faith community wrestling with the big spiritual issues of our time.
~ Karen Lee-Thorp, in Why Beauty Matters
We do not want merely to see beauty, though, God knows, even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words—to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bath in it, to become part of it.
~ C.S. Lewis, in The Weight of Glory
Beauty calls us to attention. It slows us down. This, in itself is the beginning of contemplation. It is difficult to hurry through beauty. If you are in a hurry, you probably won’t stop to be present to “the beautiful.” Beauty has the ability to heal life’s wounds. It can make us receptive to grace.
~ Macrina Wiederkehr
A walk on a summer morning; the glistening of the dew; the songs of the birds; the racing of the hare across the field; the lowing of the herd; the soaring of the lark; the cooing of the dove; the humming of the bee; the warbling of the bob-o-link; the verdure of the hills; the fragrance of the flowers; the laughter of sweet childhood; the chatter of the aged; the distant whistle of the youth as he goes out to harvest is a sweet blending of God’s universal love. Truly, he is a fool who says in his heart “There is no God.”
~ C.M. Joiner
A dewdrop is as beautiful as a diamond but there is not much of a market for them.