Pope Francis today affirmed that humanity today has great need of beauty, saying this attribute is often forgotten but that “above all, God is beautiful.”
The Pope said this at the end of the general audience address he gave today in Paul VI Hall. He was responding to a circus performance given at the audience.
Saying the circus is a show that is fun and brings a good time, the Holy Father added that it “teaches us something more.”
“The people who do the show in the circus create beauty; they are creators of beauty!,” he said.
He went on to give a brief outline of Christian anthropology, speaking of people as those who work with our hands, but also thinking animals and those with the capacity to love.
The Pope said: “To think is the language of the mind; to love is the language of the heart; to do is the language of the hands. And all these three languages unite to make the harmony of the person. And there is beauty there. And these persons, who today made this show, are creators of harmony, creators of beauty, who teach the higher way of beauty.
“God is certainly true, God is certainly good, God is certainly able to do things; He has created the world but, above all, God is beautiful! – the beauty of God. So often we forget beauty!
“Humanity thinks, feels, does but today it has great need of beauty.”
“Let’s not forget this,” he said, as he thanked the circus performers for their show, and especially for “creating beauty.”
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