Pope’s Prayer Intention – August 2017
Artists: That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation
August 2017 – Artists:
That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discover the beauty of creation.
REFLECTIONS ON THE POPE’S MONTHLY INTENTIONS
Editor’s Note: Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network receives monthly prayer intentions from the pope and urges Christians throughout the world to unite in prayer for those intentions. The reflections below seek to illuminate the Holy Father’s concerns.
Pope Francis has decided to keep one monthly prayer intention. He is no longer proposing an urgent prayer intention. However, on every Sunday on which he gives an Angelus Address, he asks for prayers for specific people and situations that are of deep concern to him.
Pope’s Prayer Intention
Artists: That artists of our time, through their ingenuity, may help everyone discoverthe beauty of creation.
“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19: 1). As creation reveals God’s beauty, so humans, made in God’s image and likeness, create works that give glory to God. The great Russian novelist Dostoevsky wrote that “beauty will save the world.” How? At the end of the Second Vatican Council the bishops told artists: “This world in which we live needs beauty in order not to sink into despair. It is beauty, like truth, which brings joy to the human heart and is that precious fruit which resists the wear and tear of time, which unites generations and makes them share things in admiration.” Beauty lifts the heart and brings people together. Pope Francis spoke of “the important and necessary task of artists: to create works of art that bear through the language of beauty a sign, a spark of hope and trust where people seem to give in to indifference and ugliness.” He went on to say: “Architects and painters, sculptors and musicians, filmmakers and writers, photographers and poets, artists of every discipline, are called to make beauty shine, especially where darkness and greyness dominate everyday life; they are custodians of beauty, heralds and witnesses of hope for humanity, as my predecessors have repeated many times. I invite them, therefore, to care for beauty, and beauty will heal the many wounds that mark the heart and soul of the men and women of our times.” However, artists can be tempted to create what is fashionable or shocking in order to make money or a name for themselves. They can create works that degrade humanity and foster conflict. We pray that artists use their gifts to heal and to give glory to God.
Reflection and Discussion
What are some of the most beautiful works of art I’ve seen? How did they give me joy and hope?How do they bring people together?
Exodus 35: 10-35 “The Lord has chosen Bezalel and has filled him with a divine spirit of skill
and understanding and knowledge in every craft.”