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The Catholic Tradition Podcast: 130 – John Paul II’s Retreat for Artists

Apr 4, 2022

In Holy Week of 1962, Bishop Karol Wojtyla gave a retreat to a
group of Polish artists. The textual content of that retreat has now been
printed in English, together with commentary, by the Theology of the
Physique Institute, in a guide titled God Is Magnificence: A Retreat
on the Gospel and Artwork

Christopher West, president of the TOB Institute, joins Thomas
Mirus to debate the retreat and the way it suits along with St. John
Paul II’s Theology of the Physique. Themes embody:

  • God is Magnificence
  • The Incarnation is ideal Magnificence manifested within the human
  • The artist is a conduit of magnificence coming from God
  • Artists’ duty for his or her expertise
  • The sexed physique as an indication of the relationality and fruitfulness
    of the Trinity
  • The hazards of “ethical minimalism”
  • The Crucifixion, the place ethical conscience and sweetness meet
  • How Wojtyla’s work builds on, quite than replaces, conventional
    theological symbolism

Thomas additionally discusses his expertise of attending the ballet and
how it’s difficult him to see the physique in a brand new approach.


Listeners should buy God Is Magnificence paperback on the TOB
Institute retailer for 20% off the duvet value (no restrict). Use code:

Upcoming retreat weekend, Might 13-15

Episode with ballet dancer Claire Kretzschmar

Dony MacManus

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