Welcome to my site! I’m currently re-working some things on here. Please feel free to meander around, but excuse the mess! My blog can be located by clicking the link above or here.

Father Andy Garner and myself.

Father Andy Garner and myself.

Why call this site: Walking the Way of Beauty?

Pope Benedict XVI was fond of calling the world to re-examine the “via pulchritudinis,” or Way of Beauty. Beauty is the goal of all life; it is the deification of the world. Benedict said that beauty in a way, “wounds us” and makes us look to God. Beauty, as Dostoievsky has said, will save the world. An integral conception of the Church is one in which it is envisaged as the Christianized cosmos, as beauty’ (ibid., p. 332). Beauty is extremely necessary to the life of the Christian. It wounds our heart and enables us to experience God in a new way. A way, in which we are lifted into the very courts of Heaven. The Second Vatican Council wrote in its message on December 8, 1965:

“The world in which we live has need of beauty if it is not to sink into despair. Beauty, like truth, is what puts joy into human hearts. It is a precious fruit which resists the wear of time, and which unites generations in a common admiration.”

This blog is my attempt to talk and discuss a wide range of topics. I have links to my photography, woodworking, vocation story, and life at Bruté. It is my prayer, that through this site, you will come to know some of the beauty of the Lord. “One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and contemplate his temple” -Psalm 27(26)(v. 4).

May we all have the grace to contemplate his beauty and come to know him better through our “wounded-ness.”