Monday, January 29, 2007

Pope Benedict XVI on Beauty in Education

MESSAGE OF THE HOLY FATHER BENEDICT XVI FOR THE 41st WORLD COMMUNICATIONS DAY

Theme: "Children and the Media: A Challenge for Education"

Children exposed to what is aesthetically and morally excellent are helped to develop appreciation, prudence and the skills of discernment. Here it is important to recognize the fundamental value of parents’ example and the benefits of introducing young people to children's classics in literature, to the fine arts and to uplifting music. While popular literature will always have its place in culture, the temptation to sensationalize should not be passively accepted in places of learning. Beauty, a kind of mirror of the divine, inspires and vivifies young hearts and minds, while ugliness and coarseness have a depressing impact on attitudes and behaviour.

Read the entire text here

hat-tip Cause of our Joy

2 comments:

causa nostra laetitiae said...

Thanks for the link. Doesn't he just express so well what we are all trying to do in homeschooling?

Love2Learn Mom said...

Yes!!!