Friday, April 01, 2005

Revisiting The Pope's Letter to Artists

Regardless of your religion or politics, I am sure that at some point today you have thought of Pope John Paul II. In mulling over some of his accomplishments, I recalled a letter he wrote some years ago to artists---yes, artists. I think you can get some idea of his great intellect by reading this letter.

It was written on April 4, 1999 and among many significant observations, he writes "
Every genuine artistic intuition goes beyond what the senses perceive and, reaching beneath reality's surface, strives to interpret its hidden mystery. The intuition itself springs from the depths of the human soul, where the desire to give meaning to one's own life is joined by the fleeting vision of beauty and of the mysterious unity of things. "

You can read in its entirety The Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Artists, April 4, 1999.

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