Beauty will save the world
This is a phrase we hear quite often and yet it is so hard to actually understand what it means, and more importantly, know how to foster this beauty. I’ve recently discovered this amazing community called Catholic Creatives. It’s this massive group of young Catholic artists, musicians, photographer, videographers, graphic designers, and so much more who are working to radically change the way in which our church is currently being perceived. They see the way the world is communicating today and the way people react to beautiful (aesthetically pleasing) things and they recognize that if the church wants to reach these people they have to speak their language.I absolutely love this movement and it has inspired me so much in the way I approach my faith and evangelization today. I was listening to this podcast, titled “Creating an Experience of Truth,” yesterday and the co-founder said this quote that really really touched my heart, “Beauty is an experience of Truth and creativity is how we bring that beauty to share Truth with others.” It seems silly but this made me think about my style and the way I dress and it got me thinking about what fashion is to me. More and more I’ve begun to look at fashion trends coming from stores like H&M and Zara and Forever 21 and I’ve grown to dislike them. I see everyone wearing the same four sweaters on Instagram and dressing to fit whatever trend is currently happening that month and it has removed creativity and beauty from fashion.
Beauty is an experience of Truth and creativity is how we bring that beauty to share Truth with others.
Maybe I’m overthinking things, and maybe for you guys reading these trends make it easy to help you know what to wear and how to shop, but if beauty is an experience of Truth and creativity is a way to create that experience then why would I want the clothing that I wear to be bland.What if my clothing, the way I dress, could in some way help someone have an experience of truth?
That seems absolutely crazy I know, but I think there is such a reality in this. When you break trend, when you dress boldly or uniquely, people notice that something is different about you. They see something in you, a freedom to create, that they aren’t seeing in the rest of the world. In the beginning, God created… and then He invited us to participate in that creation. We are all artists and we have the ability to participate in the most magnificent and ethereal painting of all time, this universe, and we can’t take this gift lightly.
We should dress in the knowledge that we are the most beautiful beings in creation and we can show that knowledge to the rest of the world by how we present ourselves.
Our bodies, specifically as women, are God’s greatest creation and we must treat it as such. We should dress in the knowledge that we are the most beautiful beings in creation and we can show that knowledge to the rest of the world by how we present ourselves. Are we respecting the art of our bodies by dressing modestly? Are we simply following a trend instead of truly looking at what compliments our feminine genius? Are we creating or are we just button pressers, caught in a cycle of wearing the same ol’ thing over and over again?I’m not saying that everyone needs to be a “fashionista” and make bold and crazy style changes but I am challenging you guys to look at the motivation behind the outfits you put together; at what thoughts are going through your head as you get dressed in the morning. Are you thinking about what people will think of your outfit or how a guy will look at you in it? Or, are you thinking about creating something beautiful and real that might just help someone experience Truth that day?
We have a God who created the universe and a Spirit that moves inside of us and invites us to participate in creation with Him.
The things that we create and the way we portray ourselves have the ability to radically change our culture. We as young Catholics need to show the world how truly beautiful the church is and whether it’s through the art that we create, the music we sing, or the clothing we wear people are going to notice something different in us because we’ve got something that trends don’t have. We have a God who created the universe and a Spirit that moves inside of us and invites us to participate in creation with Him. That my friends will be a game changer.