Beauty Does Not Betray
Sunday, January 15, 2017
2:00 pm | Auditorium, ground floor
A discussion on the themes in the soon-to-be-released book, Disarming Beauty, with its author Fr. Julián Carrón, President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, and Joseph Weiler, Joseph Straus Professor of Law, New York University.
It is this immortal instinct for beauty that thrusts us to regard the world and all its splendors as a reverberation, a resonance of heaven. The unquenchable thirst for all that is beyond, and which unveils life, is the most vivid proof of our immortality. It is at once by way of poetry and through poetry, as with music, that the soul glimpses splendors from beyond the tomb; and when an exquisite poem brings one’s eyes to the point of tears, those tears are not evidence of an excess of joy, they are witness far more to an exacerbated melancholy, a disposition of the nerves, a nature exiled among imperfect things, which would like to possess, without delay, a paradise revealed on this very same earth. ~C. Baudelaire, Art Romantique, XI: "Notes nouvelles sur Edgar Poe III," IV
In Disarming Beauty, Julián Carrón addresses the most pressing questions facing theologians today and provides insights that will interest everyone, from the most devout to the firm nonbeliever. Grappling with the interaction of Christian faith and modern culture, Fr. Carrón treats in very real and concrete ways what is essential to maintaining and developing Christian faith, and he invites an ongoing conversation about the meaning of faith, truth, and freedom.