Pope thanks artists for showing ‘path of beauty’ during pandemic

Vatican City, Apr 27, 2020 / 05:00 am (CNA).- As much of the world remains under quarantine due to the coronavirus, Pope Francis prayed for artists who show others “the path of beauty” amid lockdown restrictions. 

“We pray today for artists, who have this very great capacity for creativity … May the Lord give us all the grace of creativity right now,” Pope Francis said April 27 before his morning Mass.

Speaking from the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta, his Vatican residence, Pope Francis encouraged Christians to recall their first personal encounter with Jesus.

“The Lord always returns to the first meeting, to the first moment in which he looked at us, spoke to us and it gave birth to the desire to follow him,” he said.

Pope Francis explained that it is a grace to return to this first moment “when Jesus looked at me with love … when Jesus, through so many other people, made me understand what was the way of the Gospel.”

“Many times that in life we start a road to follow Jesus … with the values of the Gospel, and halfway we get another idea. We see some signs, and we move away and we conform with a more temporal, more material thing, more worldly,” he said, according to a transcript by Vatican News.

The pope warned that these distractions can lead one to “lose the memory of that first enthusiasm we had when we heard Jesus speak.”

He pointed to Jesus’ words on the morning of the Resurrection recorded in the Gospel of Matthew: “Do not be afraid. Go tell my brothers to go to Galilee, and there they will see me.”

Pope Francis said it is important to remember that Galilee was the place where the disciples had first met Jesus.

He said: “Each of us has his own internal ‘Galilee’, their own moment in which Jesus approached us and said: ‘Follow me.’”

“The memory of the first meeting, the memory of ‘my Galilee’, when the Lord looked at me with love and said: ‘Follow me,’” he said.

At the end of the Mass broadcast, Pope Francis offered benediction and Eucharistic adoration, leading those following via livestream in an act of spiritual communion.

Those gathered in the chapel then sang the Easter Marian antiphon “Regina caeli.”

If you value the news and views Catholic World Report provides, please consider donating to support our efforts. Your contribution will help us continue to make CWR available to all readers worldwide for free, without a subscription. Thank you for your generosity!

Click here for more information on donating to CWR. Click here to sign up for our newsletter.

1 Comment

  1. In the task of world remaking, artists are known to play a vital role in shaping society. Sages say, there lies an artist in every one of us. We need to encourage the artist in us, to give expression to creative beauty through thought, word and deed.

1 Trackback / Pingback

  1. Pope thanks artists for showing ‘path of beauty’ during pandemic - Catholic Mass Search

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

All comments posted at Catholic World Report are moderated. While vigorous debate is welcome and encouraged, please note that in the interest of maintaining a civilized and helpful level of discussion, comments containing obscene language or personal attacks—or those that are deemed by the editors to be needlessly combative or inflammatory—will not be published. Thank you.