About the Book
Where is the true beauty of a mission to be found? Is it purely in the design, structure and engineering of the building? Is it in its history or its historical importance? Is beauty to be found in its humanity or the humanity within? Could there be something more?
The beauty of the mission is not in the structure but its soul; a soul reaching to God.
To be clear, the sensible, historical and humanistic aspects of any building (or place) do show beauty but only insofar as they reflect aspects of the Divine. The more the Divine is present, the more Beauty surrounds us
Beauty is not just something "in the eye of the beholder"; it is a Divine attribute. It is the fruit of Truth and Goodness. The highest and ultimate end of art is to express something of the Divine and to move our soul to a closer understanding of God. It can be considered "good" only in so much as it achieves this end. Without this higher end, there may be technical mastery that stirs an emotional response but it will be lacking in its true purpose. I had spent a lifetime devoted to art without an understanding of Beauty. I had studied craft and form but without meaning and purpose. At the point of my reconversion back to the Catholic Church from the chaos and emptiness of existentialism, I wanted to give myself completely to Beauty. This is where the Restoration of Beauty begins. It is a restoration within the arts. It is a reconquest of culture. It is bringing the Light of God into a darkened world.