Beauty ever ancient and ever new

Sarah de Nordwall, whom I had the great pleasure of meeting earlier this month, sends this gorgeous versification of St. Augustine’s commentary on Psalm 44:3, which she in turn received from an Augustinian monk. Augustine interprets the Psalm as describing Christ:

He is beautiful in heaven;

beautiful on earth;

beautiful in the womb;

beautiful in his parent’s arms;

beautiful in his miracles;

beautiful under the scourge;

beautiful when inviting to life … beautiful when laying down his life;

beautiful in taking it up again;

beautiful on the cross;

beautiful in the sepulcher;

beautiful in heaven.

  • Clare Krishan

    Thank you Sweet Jesus…
    As Peter Kreeft has noted “The Apostles’ Creed, the simplest and earliest and shortest creed, summarizes what is true. And the Ten Commandments summarize what is good. And the Lord’s Prayer summarizes what is desirable or beautiful. ” [ from http://www.catholiceducation.org/articles/philosophy/ph0106.htm ] I’m convinced the transcendentals are key to tuning the discord of our culture into the music of the heavenly spheres.
    Are you familiar with the school of scripture studies that focuses on the inherent symmetrical harmomy in Hebrew sacred texts?
    http://www.retoricabiblicaesemitica.org/nodo_en.html
    http://www.retoricabiblicaesemitica.org/Articolo/Inglese_121019.pdf
    Beginning with ab-ba for father (akin to Augustine’s “you made us [ ab- ] and our hearts are restless till they rest in thee” [ -ba ]) and are beginning to use rhetorical analysis as an exegetical method to reveal meaningful structures within the Canon we pray at Mass? Parallelism of members is characteristic of all Hebrew poetry, things are always said twice (indeed Hebrew has no superlative of the form ‘good-better -best’ but rather uses simple repetition to the factor thrice to indicate superabundance? Neat!)


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