Art has to be more than just decoration

Last night, young adults in the Solano Deanery, gathered for Theology on Tap to listen to Deacon Lawrence and his presentation the Vocation of Beauty. Most Church art can be categorized in three forms: icons, gothic, & baroque. There was a time in Church History, when art was commissioned by the Church & spoke of the glory of God and was brought into reality for the service of God’s people. Today, this is not the case. Video games and advertisements have commissioned art as something purely as decoration. Art in its truest form leads us to communion with God, it leads us to prayer, and to behold Beauty himself.

Work of the "Last Supper" by Dieric Bouts, 15th century artist.

Work of the “Last Supper” by Dieric Bouts, 15th century artist.

Not all of us are artists, but in his letter to artists, Saint John Paul II, speaks how our very lives are God’s masterpieces. God makes no mistakes. As we go about our day today, what are our rough edges, our incomplete corners? Let us allow the master artist transform us into something beautiful —- in order that our lives glorify God and serve humanity.

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