See this online text:
- “The Sacred Is Still Beautiful: The Liturgical and Theological Aesthetics of Pope Benedict XVI”, by Roland Millare, Logos, vol. 16, no. 1 (Winter 2013), pp. 104-128. May be read online and downloaded in pdf format at Academia.edu.
See also our list of ebooks on Art and Architecture; as well as these related texts and ebooks:
- The Beauty of Holiness: Sacred Art and the New Evangelization, by Jem Sullivan (New Haven, CT: Knights of Columbus Supreme Council—Catholic Information Service, 2012). With Imprimatur. Part of the New Evangelization series (Michelle K. Borras, Ph.D., general editor). Available in PDF format (on this page) at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council—Catholic Information Service.
- “The Feeling of Things, the Contemplation of Beauty”, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). 2002 message to a meeting of the ecclesial movement Communion and Liberation. May be read online at Zenit and on this page of Cossroads Initiative, which summarizes the text as a “Lenten and Holy Week meditation on Psalm 45 and the contemplation of beauty”. [N.B., According to John Jang in his thesis “Beauty as a transcendental in the thought of Joseph Ratzinger”, page 5, footnote 21, this text was re-titled “Wounded by the Arrow of Beauty: The Cross and the New ‘Aesthetics’ of Faith,” when published in On the Way to Jesus Christ (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2005)]
- Letter to Artists, by Pope St. John Paul II (4 April 1999). Subtitled: “To all who are passionately dedicated to the search for new ‘epiphanies’ of beauty so that through their creative work as artists they may offer these as gifts to the world”. May be read online on this page of the EWTN Libraries (linked from this page of Ignitum Today); at the Holy See (linked from this page of the Institute of Catholic Culture); on this page of JP2 Love; and on this page of The Foundation for Sacred Arts. Excerpts of the Letter are read out in “Pope John Paul II’s ‘Letter to Artists’”, (published April 21, 2014) at the JPCatholic Youtube channel, which may also be viewed on this page of Xt3; and on this page, which has a brief essay by Monique Ocampo, at the John Paul II Foundation.
- “Liturgical Architecture and the Classical Tradition: A Balthasarian Approach”, by Denis R. McNamara, Communio: International Catholic Review, Vol. 32, pp. 137-151 (Spring 2005). Available in PDF format (through this page) at Communio: International Catholic Review, with a link from Spring Hill College.
- The Spirit of the Liturgy, by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2000). May be purchased through this page of Ignatius Press and at Amazon.com. The following excepts may be read online, linked by The Cardinal Ratzinger Fan Club and anagasto.wordpress.com:
- “The Altar and the Direction of Liturgical Prayer” , in Adoremus Bulletin, Vol. VI, No. 3 (May 2000) , available at Adoremus;
- “Art and Liturgy: A Question of ImagesI“, in Adoremus Bulletin, Vol. VII, No. 10: (February 2002), which is the 1st part of the chapter “A Question of Images”, available at Adoremus;
- Art, Image and Artists: Sacred art, inspired by faith, both reflects and informs the culture – Part II”, in Adoremus Bulletin, Vol. VIII, No. 1 (March 2002), which is the 2nd part of the chapter “A Question of Images”, available at Adoremus;
- “Music and Liturgy: How does music express the Word of God, the Vision of God?”, in Adoremus Bulletin, Vol. VII, No. 8 (November 2001), available at Adoremus;
- “The Theology of Kneeling”, excerpt from a chapter, “The Body and the Liturgy”, available at Adoremus; and
- “What Does ‘Rite’ Mean in the Context of Christian Liturgy?”.
Posted on Holy Monday, 2019; on the anniversary of Lateran Council of AD 769; in observance of the Universal Day of Culture and of World Art Day; and in advance of the birthday of Pope Benedict XVI. For other online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject).
[S]ome artistic expressions are real highways to God, the supreme Beauty; indeed, they help us to grow in our relationship with him, in prayer. These are works that were born from faith and express faith.” (Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, 31 August 2011)