I was SO excited to speak with Bill Donaghy of the Theology of the Body Institute today about “The Way of Beauty”! After attending the TOB course “The Way of Beauty” developed and taught by Bill, I knew I had to share Bill and his gifts with you!
We are all drawn by Beauty…in music, in art, in the written word, in nature….however, do we know that Beauty is the name of God? It is often said that “Beauty will save the world”. But what does that mean? How can we look to the Way of Beauty to bring peace and joy to our hearts when we as human persons have been reduced to merely the sum of our parts in our progressive, modern age which promotes our value as merely what we can produce? There’s SO-MUCH-MORE, ya’ll!
Today’s episode is rich with wonder about Beauty and how God speaks to us through the beauty that is all around is. Bill is masterful is teaching us what Beauty is, helping us to reconnect our beings to that desire for Beauty that we all have and were created for, as well as how to embrace Beauty in our busy adult lives and offer this gift to our children.
Truly, an episode not to be missed!
- Here is a link for the book Bill mentioned, Leisure: The Basis of Culture written by a Josef Pieper. Yes…he was indeed a philosopher, but truly the book is easy to read that you’d think, and in my view a must-have for every bookshelf.
- Bill shared quite a few quotes and resources throughout the show. You might keep a pen & paper handy as you are listening. Here are just a few of my favorites:
Quotes from the Show:
“Late have I loved You, O Beauty so ancient and so new; late have I loved You! For behold You were within me, and I outside. You called, you shouted, and you broke through my deafness. You flashed, You shone, and you dispelled my blindness. You breathed your fragrance on me; I drew in breath and now I pant for you. I have tasted you, now I hunger and thirst for more”. (St. Augustine, Confessions, Book X, 4th Century)
“The way of beauty replies to the intimate desire for happiness that resides in the heart of every person. Opening infinite horizons, it prompts the human person to push outside of himself, from the routine of the ephemeral passing instant, to the Transcendent and Mystery, and seek, as the final goal of the ultimate quest for wellbeing and total nostalgia, this original beauty which is God Himself, creator of all created beauty”. Via Pulchritudinis, (Vatican Plenary Assembly, 2006)
We need “to recover a certain sense of deliberateness and calm. This calls for time and the ability to be silent and to listen. We need also to be patient if we want to understand those who are different from us…If we are genuinely attentive in listening to others, we will learn to look at the world with different eyes and come to appreciate the richness of human experience as manifested in different cultures and traditions.” (Pope Francis, World Communication Day, June 2014)
“Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today…..The Lord will fight for you, and you only have to be still.” Exodus 14:13-14
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Pax Christi, ya’ll