7 Quotes from Holy Men & Women on Beauty & Art

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Beauty provides an opportunity to pause and consider a given piece of art, a moment of silence or on nature itself. The saints and leaders of the Church recognize the significance of beauty when seeking God in the day-to-day. We want to share 7 quotes from holy men & women on beauty & art that you can reflect on with your family or in your own prayer:

“Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul.”
– St. Augustine

“Dear Lord, I find beauty and charm in everything I see! I will guard my sight at every moment, for the sake of Love.”
St. Josemaria Escriva

“What beauty? I don’t see my beauty at all; I see only the graces I’ve received from God. You always misunderstand me; you don’t know, then, that I’m only a little seedling, a little almond.”
St. Therese of Lisieux

“All men and women are entrusted with the task of crafting their own life: in a certain sense, they are to make of it a work of art, a masterpiece.”
St. John Paul II

“A work of art can open the eyes of the mind and heart. Perhaps sometimes, before a sculpture, a painting, a few verses of a poem or a song, you have experienced deep within an intimate emotion, a sense of joy, that is to have clearly perceived that in front of you there was not only matter, a piece of marble or bronze, a painted canvas, a series of letters or a combination of sounds, but something bigger, something that speaks, capable of touching the heart, of communicating a message; elevating the soul.”
Pope Benedict XVI

“What is capable of restoring enthusiasm and confidence, what can encourage the human spirit to rediscover its path, to raise its eyes on the horizon, to dream of a life worthy of its vocation if not beauty?”
Pope Francis

“He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”
St. Francis of Assisi

How does art and beauty bring peace to your life? Sitting with the saints and considering their words is an opportunity to embrace more beauty in your daily life.