The Beauty and Ugliness of the Cross


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"There is no higher contemplation than that of the Passion of Jesus Christ" - St. John of God.

We discuss the place of the crucifix in the Catholic faith, and why it is considered an object of beauty.

Music: Ashton Manor by Kevin MacLeod

Hosts: Rachel Sherlock and Phoebe Watson

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Works and Authors mentioned:

Why does the Cross Attract Us by Fr Hugh Barbour

Sermon 27 by St. Augustine of Hippo

A Song for the Suffering Body of Christ by Matthew Becklo

Only Love is Credible by Hans Urs Von Balthasar

‘The Scapegoat and the Trinity’, You Crown the Year with Your Goodness by Hans Urs Von Balthasar

The Cross Must be Deeply Ugly to be Beautiful by Nathaniel Peters

The Serious Sacrificial Body by Timothy O’Malley

The Isenheim Altarpiece by Matthias Grünewald

The Crucified Christ by Diego Velásquez

Christ on the Cross by Léon Bonnat

Scourged Cross Image

The Scorzelli Cross

Via Crucis by Albert Servaes

The Habit of Being, by Flannery O’Connor

“Four Quartets”, Part II: East Coker by T.S. Eliot

The Cross and the Beatitudes: Lessons on Love and Forgiveness by Fulton Sheen

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