John Paul II during the celebration of the Jubilee of Artists — February 19, 2000
Through his artistic creativity, man appears more than ever in the image of God
and he accomplishes this task above all in shaping the wondrous material
of his own humanity
and then exercising creative dominion over the universe that surrounds him.
There is a remarkable similarity between the art of forming oneself
and that which takes place in the transformation of matter.
In both of these tasks the starting point is always a gift from above.
If artistic creation has need of inspiration,
the journey of the spirit has need of grace,
which is the gift by which God communicates himself,
surrounding our lives with his love, lighting our steps
and knocking at our hearts until he can dwell in them
and make them temples of his holiness:
“If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our home with him” Jn 14:23
God lets himself be glimpsed in your spirit through the fascination of beauty and your longing for it.
Without doubt, the artist has a special relationship to beauty,
and it can be said that beauty is “the vocation bestowed on him by the Creator”
If the artist can perceive a ray of the supreme beauty
among the many manifestations of the beautiful,
then art becomes a way to God.