Art, an expression of human spirituality

“Le Coup de Lance”, Peter Paul Rubens, 1620.
Inherently, art is the expression of human spirituality, and its animating force is eroticism, which is a basic drive of the human soul.
The erotic soul is primarily concerned with the affirmation of life before the tragedy of its existence. Here, man celebrates the lyricism of human finitude and the capacity for the human person to transcend its condition. Eroticism lies in the manifestation of the passions that dwell within the human soul; it is the life of the heart that loves the self despite the misfortune that characterizes its existence.

For the erotic soul, the human personality evidences divine Beauty, a mystery that is hidden alike in the dogma of the Incarnation, the truth of Christ’s Passion, and the investigation of human anatomy. Eroticism in contemporary times is particularly lascivious and is the symptom of the post-modern rebellion in its tentative at the liberation of the human individual before all canons of behavior and in the face of authority, it is a force of animality and carnality that can be directed towards the discovery of mystery, and of Truth.

Eroticism is philosophically oriented in naturalism, that is, towards nature, towards life on the Earth, though, it can transcend itself in spirituality towards the adoration of the Divinity in an act that transfigures the human existence and permits for the fusion with mystery and Beauty. The cinema and the television appeal certainly to the erotic nature of the human being, by directing towards his sensitive life and his propensity for seeking novelty and the spectacular. Works produced out of the imagination of man, must constantly renew themselves, in a tangent that in an attempt to generate attention seeks darker themes and darker tones, creating a world of escapism and fantasy that captivates the audiences, reduces the mode of existence of their soul to the primal erotic, and forming doubt in their minds by constantly equivocating the barriers between good and evil, and light and darkness.

Art is erotic in its soul, and yet spiritual in its truth. The erotic soul is in its essence, passionate, it finds its greatest echo in the life of Jesus Christ, in His marriage to suffering and His loving embrace of dolor; here, Man and God find their reunion in the bleeding Heart of the Redeemer, expressing in this condition an ineffable mystery of Passion and Redemption, Justice and Mercy, Love and Despair: in short, a paradox.

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