Pope recalls dogma of Assumption, urges scholars to follow ‘way of beauty’
December 20, 2010
In a message to Rome’s pontifical academies, Pope Benedict recalled the 60th anniversary of the promulgation of the dogma of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
“In the difficult and delicate historical moment that followed the conclusion of World War II, with that solemn gesture, Pius XII wished to indicate not only to Catholics, but to all men and women of good will, the singular figure of Mary as model and paradigm of the new humanity redeemed by Christ,” Pope Benedict said.
After discussing the teaching of St. John Damascene, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and the Second Vatican Council on the Assumption, the Pontiff invited “experts in theology and Mariology to follow the via pulchritudinis [way of beauty], and I hope that, also in our days, thanks to a greater collaboration between theologians, liturgists and artists, incisive and effective messages can be offered to the admiration and contemplation of all.”
“Theological and spiritual reflection, liturgy, Marian devotion, and artistic representation truly form a whole, a complete and effective message, capable of arousing the wonder of eyes, of touching the heart and of enticing the intelligence to a more profound understanding of the mystery of Mary in which we see our destiny reflected clearly and our hope proclaimed,” he added.
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