God never ceases to watch for us and wait for us, calling us home. He is always there waiting and hoping for our return to Him. He gives us the space to repent of the times we have neglected or misused our gifts, and return to the work for which we were given those gifts in the first place.
What is Beauty? Is it objective or subjective? Is beauty really in the eye of the beholder?It has been said that we fear what we do not understand. We grow to hate what we fear. And we destroy what we hate. In many ways we do not understand Beauty, and we have tried to destroy it. We try to destroy Beauty by robbing it of power. We do this by trivializing it. We make beauty something "pretty" with no power to speak to us.
"The theme is not the plot, not what happens to who and when. The theme is the overarching principle that holds the story together, that helps to make sense of what is happening."
"This is the power of Beauty, to transform our souls, our spiritual nature, to the state God intended for us"
The state of "Christian art" is frequently, and not without reason, criticized as being substandard but the solution is simple. If you want art that "leads to God through the appreciation of beauty, harmony, goodness, truth and love, respect, unity and the transcendent," then patronize that type of art. If you have the means, commission that type of art.
Priest, Prophet and King, all of the baptized are invested in these three offices. The degree to which they fulfill these offices will depend on their individual gifts, talents, and calling.
But how, specifically does an artist fulfill the role of priest? To answer this we must first briefly examine the role of the priest and the Sacraments of the Church.