At a conference last month, Bishop James D. Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska said:
Our New Evangelization must work to make truth beautiful. By means both ancient and new, we must make use of beauty – to infuse Western culture, once more, with the spirit of the Gospel… By means of earthly beauty, we can help our contemporaries discover the truth of the Gospel. Then, they may come to know the eternal beauty of God.
There are many ways of doing this, Conley notes, by exposing the world to the rich artistic imagination of the Church, which extends from the time of Christ to today. Music, literature, architecture, paintings, sculptures, and stories of the human experience – these all are tools of earthly beauty that help us to see the eternal beauty of God.
Stories of the Saints are also beautiful testimonies that can bring all of us closer to the Father, especially stories of those in our own back yard. Familiarize yourself with and share the stories of Fr. Emil Kapaun and Cora Evans. Both from the United States, these holy witnesses could soon be named among the saints!