Confessio et pulchritudo in conspectu ejus: sanctitas et magnificentia in sanctificatione ejus.
“Confession and beauty in his view, holiness and magnificence in his sancification.” (Ps 96(95):6)
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Sung by Liborius Lumma, Innsbruck (Austria).
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There is nothing beautiful in martyrdom. Nothing at all.
In several historical waves the Latin church of Western Europe adopted traditions from the city of Rome, and the veneration of the deacon Lawrence from the 3rd century was one of them. Not only was he a martyr (like many others in his days), but the narrative of his martyrdom also tells that he gave the properties of the church to the poor of Rome, before the emperor could take them away.
It seems that this is real beauty in God’s eyes.