Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations/).
Racing through a Roman street to avoid the traffic I will quickly herd my students into a church and will turn to watch their expressions. Only the merest distance separates the roar and rumble of Roman street from the incredible beauty of any number of Churches found in Rome. For a generation raised on video games, iPods, and Face book it is still nice to know that a Baroque Church still packs a punch that leaves a two inch video screen knocked out cold in the first round.
The faith is a beautiful thing and the beauty created by artists imbued with this faith has created images that still send souls soaring towards God. Beauty has always been a means of bringing souls to God since the very advent of Christianity. Whether it is the beauty of a Church or an act of charity which Blessed Mother Teresa referred to constantly as something beautiful for God, the beauty in the city of Rome moves us to a desire create a beautiful place in this world so that we will enjoy the eternal beauty in the next.
The recent great feast of the Sacred Heart reminds us that the ultimate beauty to which we all aspire is union with the love of Christ.
—Fr. Michael W. Maher, S.J.
Lord, if we do not talk with you in our day, it is so easy to become distracted by the needs of the passing moment. Though we know we are but renters on this earth, it is so easy to believe we control our belongings and the destiny of our family and friends. But, in time, we lose everything to gain everything. Give us the grace, Lord, to care more about our relationship with you. Let us seek you in our alone moments and in the busy moments at work and home.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team