August 4: Finding Spiritual Beauty

When author Christopher West gives talks on Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body teachings, he doesn’t simply denounce our culture’s attitudes toward casual sex, but rather presents the Christian view of sexuality as a positive option.

While discussing his book At the Heart of the Gospel on Christopher Closeup, West said, “We can’t just go out there and yell and scream about what’s wrong in the world.  Scripture says that we overcome evil with good.  It is important that we show what is true, good and beautiful.”

West continued, “I often say to my audiences, ‘Think of a time in your life when you were pierced by beauty.  Maybe it was a song, a sunset, the birth of a child.’  Those are moments when God is inviting us into His beauty.  He’s made the world so beautiful to lead us to Him.  In our pornographic culture, we have reduced beauty to something merely physical.  When we do that, we lose sight of true beauty.  Physical beauty is meant to point us to spiritual beauty.  That is what the heart craves.  And when it is proclaimed, our hearts yearn for it and are attracted to it.”

God said, “Let us make humankind in our image.” 

(Genesis 1:26)

May the beauty of this world guide me to You, God.

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