Pope says God can be seen through art
August 31, 2011. (Romereports.com) During the general audience, Benedict XVI explained that through artwork mankind seeks to find a relationship with God. “Today we reflect on the need to draw near to God through the experience and appreciation of artistic beauty. Art is capable of making visible our need to go beyond what we see and it reveals our thirst for infinite beauty, for God,” said Benedict XVI.
The pope also made note that artwork not only adds to the culture of society but also serves as a means of communication with the heavens.
“The cities and countries around the world, preserve works of art that express the faith and reminds us of the relationship with God. Visiting places of art is then not only an occasion for cultural enrichment, but can also become a time of grace, to stimulate and strengthen our relationship and our dialogue with the Lord.”
Benedict XVI spoke about on how art can make us appreciate life and the gift that is given to each one of us.
“Stop and contemplate the transition from simple reality external to the deeper reality, the radius of beauty that strikes us, that we almost ‘hurt’ the intimate and invites us to ascend to God.”
The pope then thanked the pilgrims for their attendance and asked that artwork move them toward prayer in the future.