The Beauty of the World in the CCC

The second chapter of Part One of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (public library), "Ways of Coming to Know God," includes beauty in two ways that we approach knowing God, the physical world and the human person.

The beauty and order of the world can lead men and women to understand God as the origin and end of the universe (par. 32).  The Catechism states:

And St. Augustine issues this challenge: Question the beauty of the earth, question the beauty of the sea, question the beauty of the air distending and diffusing itself, question the beauty of the sky    . . . question all these realities.  All respond "See, we are beautiful."  Their beauty is a profession [confessio].  These beauties are subject to change.  Who made them if not the Beautiful One [Pulcher] who is not subject to change? (par. 32).

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