Fr Jim Cogley
Beauty awakens the soul to see the goodness of God in our lives. It reminds us that we have a loving, living and bountiful God. Beauty removes our sense of self sufficiency and confirms the greatness of creation. When we celebrate birthdays we remember the gift and beauty of life. There is beauty in death and being allowed to walk someone home. It lives in the wounded and broken places. When beauty touches our lives we remember who we are, where we’ve come from and where we are returning. To lose the sense of beauty stifles the soul. Beauty isn’t skin deep. It dwells within. Some people, often the blind, the poor, the homeless, the suffering, sick and the dying, radiate beauty and their lives seem to be enriched and enlarged. If we can be awakened to true beauty, which is God, there can be a great sense of coming home to an eternal presence. When God seems absent however, it’s a time of ugliness and great desolation.