Carol Reynolds, author of the wonderful Understanding Music program, reflects (with the help of Hans Urs von Balthasar) on the importance of an understanding and appreciation of beauty:
After all, what does Beauty really do?
Here’s what it does: When the third leg (Beauty) of that three-legged stool of virtues is weakened or chopped off, the stool falters and collapses. Truth and Goodness, no matter how strong, cannot hold Western Culture up without Beauty. Our lives, both individual and corporate, cannot function as we intend without Beauty. If Balthasar’s assessment is correct, our ability to love or pray is diminished or destroyed.
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