Good News

It is in living and  acting that man establishes his relationship with
being, with  the truth  and with  the good. The  artist has  a special
relationship  to beauty.  In a  very true  sense it  can be  said that
beauty is the  vocation bestowed on him by the Creator  in the gift of
artistic talent. And,  certainly, this too is a  talent which ought to
be made to bear fruit, in keeping with the sense of the Gospel parable
of the talents (cf. Mt 25:14-30).

Here we touch on an  essential point. Those who perceive in themselves
this  kind  of  divine  spark   which  is  the  artistic  vocation  as
poet,writer, sculptor,  architect, musician, actor  and so on  feel at
the same time  the obligation not to waste this  talent but to develop
it,  in order  to put  it at  the service  of their  neighbour  and of
humanity as a whole.

John Paul II Letter to Artists, (April 4, 1999) The artistic vocation in the service of beauty
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