The Search for Beauty

One of the most important and most neglected aspects of our lives is the ability to respond to reality. This means seeing the value and the beauty in ordinary things and coming alive to the splendor that is all around us. So often, we just do not see it.

In turning away from things that are graceful and elegant, we turn away from all that is wholesome and true. We deliver ourselves into an exile where the vulgar and the artificial dull and deaden our human spirit. There is a widespread habit in our society of mistaking glamour for beauty. Far too much emphasis is put on good looks, image, and fashion. Far too little attention is given to the dignity, grandeur, and nobility of the human spirit.

Thomas Merton eloquently expressed this when he wrote, “…I suddenly saw the secret beauty of their hearts, the depths where neither sin nor desire can reach the person…If only we could see each other that way, there would be no reason for war or hatred or cruelty. I suppose the big problem would be that we would fall down and worship each other”.

I believe the day will come when we will review our lives and be thankful for every minute of them. Every hurt, every sorrow, every joy, every celebration, every moment of our lives will be a treasure for us, for we will see the utter perfection of the great design. We will stand back from the weaving and see the tapestry, and we will weep at the beauty of it.

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