“I don’t think of all the misery, but of the beauty that still remains.” – Anne Frank
Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report; if there is any virtue, and if there is any praise, think about these things. – Philippians 4:8, WEB
In the midst of the monotony and dullness of life, we discover that it is beauty that saves us. Wherever we find the beautiful, we also find the eternal, and we learn that though not all things can be defined, they can be felt, and their awe can reach the deepest parts of the heart.
It is in that awe for the mysterious that our thoughts are lifted higher and we come to realize the desires of our own souls. Desires we never even thought we had.
It is the desire for the greatest good, the highest sanctity, the purest love.
It is the longing for our true dream, for a lasting and unshakable happiness penetrating our very bones!
Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance. We can be sure that whoever sneers at her name as if she were the ornament of a bourgeois past — whether he admits it or not — can no longer pray and soon will no longer be able to love.” – Hans Urs von Balthasar