The Christian mystery, celebrated in the Roman Catholic liturgy, is a sensible mystery, and calls out for artistic expression. Living Beauty explores the Christian mystery and points to the need for a liturgical aesthetic as a means to encounter the divine mystery. A liturgical aesthetic gives an account of Christian worship in terms of a new set of categories that includes divine beauty, a theology of sensibility, and the new notion of a unitive revelatory experience.
Alejandro Garc'a-Rivera is professor of systematic theology at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. He is the author of A Wounded Innocence: Sketches for a Theology of Art. Thomas Scirghi is associate professor of liturgical theology at the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley. He regularly lectures on liturgical and sacramental theology.
1 Introduction 2 This Blessed Mess, Scirghi; A Sensible Mystery, Garcia-Rivera 3 Something Beautiful for God, Scirghi; In Whom we live and move and have our being, Garcia-Rivera 4 It is right to give God thanks and praise, Scirghi; The Glory of the Lord, Garcia-Rivera 5 Go in peace...then what?, Scirghi; Do this in memory of me, Garcia-Rivera 6 Conclusion