"Through all things, by day and by night,
in clear light or in darkness,
let us live like the Magdelen, always under
the eyes of Unchangeable Beauty...
St Elizabeth of the Trinity
"In the Eucharist there is a beauty,
a hidden loveliness, beyond the beauty of all art.
The Lamb of God comes to the altar of His Bride
in the glory of the Father and the Holy Spirit, invisibly
escorted by the angels. Only humble accidents
veil the radiance of His flesh.
Christ is beauty, and He becomes present
to make us beautiful.
...Christ in all His matchless beauty is substantially present
in the Eucharist, and His Church strives to worship
that beauty with all the accidental beauty of her sacred art -
by vestments and vessels, by chant and icons,
by the consecrated space of her temples.
The bride knows that no human art can be
worthy of her Spouse, who is the eternal Son
and Splendour of the Father.
... the hidden beauty is always greater
than the visible forms."
John SawardFrom The Beauty of Holiness and the Holiness of Beauty