Tota pulchra es! Dr Carrie Gress on the Beauty of Women

Lovingly pouring ourselves out for others may not always be glamorous, but it is always beautiful, says Carrie Gress

She writes in the National Catholic Register:

There is a well-known Dostoevsky trope that says, “beauty will save the world.” The famous Russian is usually taken to mean the beauty found in the material arts. Music, architecture, and sculpture are rightfully being plumbed for their world-saving abilities, particularly how they lead a soul back to God. But there is one stone that has yet to be unturned when considering the role beauty plays in saving the world: women.

Read the rest of the article here.

Dr Carrie Gress teaches an introductory philosophy course – A Survery of the Philosophy of the Good, the True and the Beautiful which as part of the Pontifex University Masters in Sacred Arts program.

Henry Holiday, “Dante Meets Beatrice at Ponte Santa Trinita”, 1883

Above: Henry Holiday, “Dante Meets Beatrice at Ponte Santa Trinita”, 1883

David Clayton says: on a personal note, Carrie’s article reminded me of the fourth century prayer to the Blessed Virgin, Tota pulchra es, an antiphon for Vespers for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception embodies this perfectly.

Liber choralis S.Leonardi (MCM), VII Tota pulcra.JPG

You are all beautiful, Mary,
and the original stain [spot] (of sin) is not in you.
You are the glory of Jerusalem,
you are the joy of Israel,
you give honour to our people.
You are an advocate of sinners.
O Mary,
Virgin most intelligent,
Mother most merciful.
Pray for us,
Plead for us,
To the Lord Jesus Christ.

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