Here’s an interesting fact: When you die, your soul goes directly to heaven, while your body dies around you. When you are born again, your soul is immediately raised to a different level. So, is it better to live a short life here on earth, or to live a great life here on earth? The choice is yours, but your life in this world can either be good or bad. So why would you not want to work on improving yourself, even while you’re here on Earth?
“CATHolic Pro Life” gives lots of information on the subject of religious philosophy. I especially like the part where he talks about “the superiority of good over evil”, and the way that some religious ideas can help you improve your life in other ways, besides simply giving you spiritual sustenance. For example, I’ve often seen spiritual teachers say that we should only eat from God’s table (and here he is using the Old Testament), but that idea applies just as much to secular ideas as it does to religious ones.
There are also a lot of visual aids in this book. I especially like how he puts together several paintings into a collage of sorts, each with a different spiritual connotation. I especially liked how he included a quote by Pope John Paul II on the cover – the phrase “ART AND SANITY” – and how he emphasized the importance of beauty in our lives. In fact, the cover of the book even has a little nautical meaning, as you’ll see when you get to the end.
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The main theme of Catholic Pro Life is that one must make a better living, and that some things are worth dying for. This book is not a Christian work, and does not talk about God. However, the main thrust of the book is a call to artists, writers, and artists alike to make better use of the inherent goodness and beauty of creation. It is unfortunate that in today’s world some people feel that art is only for enjoyment, and that some artists simply take advantage of their clients. However, as the writer points out in his introduction, art can and should serve a noble cause.
This book is well-suited for the artist who wants to make a bigger impact on the world around them. It gives great instruction for those who want to do good works that will have lasting impact. It is a very good primer on the subject and will make a wonderful addition to anyone’s bookshelf. Even if someone only uses it once or twice to add a fresh perspective to something, it will be well worth having. People will often buy it, not to mention giving a generous review to make sure that other people know about the beauty of this inspirational book contains.
One can’t help but think of the Pope’s famous speech in Cairo, where he reminded people that “Art is good, it makes people happy, it brings happiness to the mind and heart, and it can heal the wounds of the soul.” Those words came from Pope Pius XII’s address to a gathering of architects, designers, painters, and poets in 1963. Even though we live in a different time, we still need to keep in mind how important art has always been to society. Artists need to make good use of the inherent goodness of the visual arts to create meaningful pieces that will last and influence people’s lives in positive ways. Catholic Pro-Life aims to help bring forth that good work done by good artists.
Catholic Pro-Life tries to make the case for why the visual arts should not be suppressed or compromised just because a piece of art does not fall in the category of acceptable artistic expression. The work of artists should be appreciated for their creativity instead of judged based on the controversial topics that they choose to tackle. As Pope Pius XII once said, “Art is man’s best friend, but it is his worst enemy.” Catholics should learn to appreciate both sides of the coin when it comes to art, and respect both cultures while living their lives. That is a lesson that we should all learn from, isn’t it?