The Nature of Beauty and the Catholic Tradition – Institute of Catholic Culture

“Beauty, whether that of the natural universe or that expressed in art, precisely because it opens up and broadens the horizons of human awareness, pointing us beyond ourselves, bringing us face to face with the abyss of Infinity, can become a path towards the transcendent, towards the ultimate Mystery, towards God.”
– Pope Benedict XVI

via The Nature of Beauty and the Catholic Tradition – Institute of Catholic Culture

“Beauty is one of mankind’s greatest needs….” -Pope Benedict XVI

During his homily at the Basilica of the Holy Family in Barcelona, our Holy Father spoke to those gathered about beauty’s role in sacred architecture and faith. He said,

“Indeed, beauty is one of mankind’s greatest needs; it is the root from which the branches of our peace and the fruits of our hope come forth. Beauty also reveals God because, like him, a work of beauty is pure gratuity; it calls us to freedom and draws us away from selfishness….In this masterpiece, Gaudí [the architect] shows us that God is the true measure of man; that the secret of authentic originality consists, as he himself said, in returning to one’s origin which is God. Gaudí, by opening his spirit to God, was capable of creating in this city a space of beauty, faith and hope which leads man to an encounter with him who is truth and beauty itself.”

Read the whole homily here:

via “Beauty is one of mankind’s greatest needs,” acc. to Pope Benedict XVI – Institute of Catholic Culture

I’m doing ICAD again: one index card a day!

When I first learned about the Index Card a Day Challenge hosted by Tammy Garcia at, I knew I wanted to do it! How fun and freeing to create one index card a day, based on the prompt of the day, or my own inspiration, together with hundreds of other folks doing the same thing!

Officially a 61-day challenge from June 1 to July 31, I’m just beginning today. And it’s gonna be great!

Here was my first card from my first season (2016). It’s a response to the “Places: Playground” prompt, a texture rubbing done with kids’ jumbo multicolored crayons. Reminds me of hopskotch. Fun!