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We no longer dare to believe in beauty…

April 28, 2012
Blessed Sacrament

photo: Enlightened by Lawrence OP

“We no longer dare to believe in beauty and we make of it a mere appearance in order the more easily to dispose of it. 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, The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics, Volume 1

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