Finding God in Beauty

04-23-2017Encountering ChristCheryl Internoscia

Raised in the Assemblies of God Church, my relationship with Jesus was personal and secure at a tender age. However, all things Catholic were foreign to me and sadly misunderstood. A love for the visual arts motivated me to enroll in 4 years of art school where I studied the world's great artists,and traveled abroad on several occasions. I remember a particularly powerful encounter that occurred while standing inside the Vatican, at Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, staring at Michelangelo’s Pietà. There was Mary, enveloped in graceful acceptance, lovingly and tenderly holding her son's limp body. I could feel the weight of our crucified Lord upon her lap. Looking back now, I see this as my first powerful introduction to our Blessed Mother. Another profound moment occurred while sitting through Mass inside Germany’s Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral). Amidst sacred music, billowing incense and grand stained glass windows, I felt strangely at home. Not yet Catholic, my heart was being stirred!Years later, by the Holy Spirit’s gentle prompting I enrolled in RCIA, and was welcomed into full communion with the Catholic Church in April of 2011.

Today, I continually encounter Christ in the beauty that surrounds me. A sunrise, a sunset, Autumn colors and fresh fallen snow. I see God's beauty in my family, and in my third grade CCD students, each of whom are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ (Psalm 139:14). Whether created, constructed, painted, sculpted or sung,God used and continues to use beauty to reveal himself to me over and over again. Encountering Christ through art and beauty, I've been brought into the fullness of truth and safely home to Christ's Church.

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