How to choose beauty… not luxury

471px-Jean-Léon_Gérôme_015_CarpetsI’ve always loved beauty. I’ve often dreamed of being an interior decorator. So it’s no surprise that I used to subscribe to House Beautiful and pick up copies of Better Homes & Gardens at the grocery store. I’d flag some pages and make notes in the margins. I was planning my dream house while living in a tiny apartment.

Catholics say that beauty is one of the transcendentals that has its origin in God. God is Truth, Beauty, Goodness, and Unity. So beauty is not just a good thing. It’s necessary for a full life.


Back when I was single, I was working three jobs for a total of sixty or more hours a week. Some days I was so stressed, I needed outside help to find peace. I would drive to the Minneapolis Institute of Art a couple miles away and stare at my favorite paintings. Suddenly I’d be taking those slow, deep breaths that clear the mind and seem to clear the soul. A sense of well-being would flow over me. Then I could go home and greet my roommate with a smile before I hurried off to my evening’s work.

Continue reading my guest post at Suscipio-for Catholic Women.

About Connie Rossini

Connie Rossini gives whole families practical help to grow in holiness. She is the author of Trusting God with St. Therese and the free ebook Five Lessons from the Carmelite Saints That Will Change Your Life. She writes a spirituality column for The Catholic Voice of the Diocese of Omaha, Nebraska, and blogs at Contemplative Homeschool. She is also a columnist for SpiritualDirection.com. Connie and her husband Dan have four young sons.
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3 Responses to How to choose beauty… not luxury

  1. Gina says:

    Connie, I read the full post and I really appreciate it. You have given me some real food for thought.

    On a side note, several years ago, I was at the Minneapolis Art Institute and came across “The Rug Merchants.” I liked it very much. I knew that I had not seen it in person before, but I realized that I had seen an image of it previously. It must have been half an hour before it came to me: “Hey, there is a poster of it hanging in Connie & Dan’s apartment!”

  2. The good old MIA. I miss it. I love the exotic feel of Gerome’s painting and the bright colors. I need to get a new frame, so I can hang it again.

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