Michaelangelo and Comic Sans
"Without having seen the Sistine Chapel one can form no appreciable idea of what one man is capable of achieving." - Goethe
If you have never had a chance to visit Rome, by all means go. It probably sounds a bit cocky to call it the 'Eternal City', but it's the real deal. One of my favorite places in Rome is the Vatican, and especially the Sistine Chapel. The ceiling frescoes by Michelangelo are breathtaking. I spent so much time with my head cocked back and my mouth open in awe, I woke up the next day with a neck ache (worth it).
Like the Sistine Chapel, the True, Good and Beautiful are all intertwined in our lives and our experiences. I think this is why we let beautiful celebrities get away with very foolish things. It's as though our minds have some far-off memory of a time before the Fall, when Beauty = Truth = Goodness was the rule, not the exception. And the Church has a rich history of embracing Beauty. Art is a beautiful, difficult task, but it is worth the effort. It speaks to the human heart in ways that even the most elegant philosophical proof or reasoned argument could never match.
Yet, as a Church we seemed to forget that heritage in recent history. We started building Ugly Churches. We started painting over great murals in some cathedrals. To my everlasting shame, you can find many, many uses of the Comic Sans font - on the vatican website...
But now, we are waking up from a long sleep as a Church, remembering our heritage. We're restoring our art and murals, we're learning how to take new digital tools and use them with style and grace. We're building beautiful churches again!
This new awakening is one of the reasons we are pledging to use sacred art in OneParish. We're on a mission to build something beautiful, and if Saint Pope John Paul II has anything to say about it, "Beauty will save the world."