I want to draw the attention of my huge community of readers to a blog that I recently discovered and by which I've been impressed: Postmodern Papist. The owner, Kyle Cupp, posts some timely and intelligent stuff that I find to be conducive to contemplation.
It turns out that Kyle also has a very talented wife, Genece, an artist, whose works can be sampled here.
You should visit Kyle's blog to become engaged in what's happening through interaction with an active, wide-ranging, and intelligent mind.
You should take a look at Genece's art because, as Simone Weil puts it in the pages on beauty in Gravity and Grace,
In everything which gives us the pure authentic feeling of beauty there really is the presence of God. There is as it were an incarnation of God in the world and it is indicated by beauty.
The beautiful is the experimental proof that the incarnation is possible.
Hence all art of the highest order is religious in essence. (That is what people have forgotten today.) A Gregorian melody is as powerful a witness as the death of a martyr.
and because, as indicated by the following, beauty can be an occasion of detachment from the snares of the material world:
Beauty: a fruit which we look at without trying to seize it.
But do seize the links.