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The Contemplation of Beauty - Joseph Ratzinger

The Feeling of Things, the Contemplation of Beauty

A message to a meeting of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation,
Rimini, Italy, August, 2002
 
by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger

Every year, in the Liturgy of the Hours for the Season of Lent, I am struck anew by a paradox in Vespers for Monday of the Second Week of the Psalter. Here, side by side, are two antiphons, one for the Season of Lent, the other for Holy Week. Both introduce Psalm 44 [45], but they present strikingly contradictory interpretations. The Psalm describes the wedding of the King, his beauty, his virtues, his mission, and then becomes an exaltation of his bride. In the Season of Lent, Psalm 44 is framed by the same antiphon used for the rest of the year. The third verse of the Psalm says: "You are the  fairest of the children of men and grace is poured upon your lips."
 

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