Monday, March 21, 2011

You want beauty? Find it in the liturgy.

Here is a fascinating post from Chants and Converts. It explains why the author, , will not read Oscar Wilde's play Salome, and, I must say that I rather share her view of this particular work (otherwise, his poetry, plays, and novel are fantastic; for more see this).

Salome was created during a particularly confused part of Oscar's life - and it contains more decadence than real depth, though of course (as usual) there is an underlying moral fire that burns beneath the thematic material. Still, it is not my cup of tea.

Darlene ends her interesting reflection with a surprise that links it all together. She explains why the search for beauty can only end in a gratifying way when we find it elevating what is true. For this reason, she says, she seeks beauty in the chant and rituals of the faith.