The Beautiful Wounds
The Beautiful Wounds is an online website of curated stories exploring & uncovering how the beautiful wounds our hearts and speaks to the deep desires that illuminate the very existence & purpose of the human person.
‘The beautiful wounds, but this is exactly how it summons man to his final destiny… True knowledge is being struck by the arrow of Beauty that wounds man, moved by reality, “how it is Christ himself who is present and in an ineffable way disposes and forms the souls of men” (cf. ibid.). Being struck and overcome by the beauty of Christ is a more real, more profound knowledge than mere rational deduction. Of course we must not underrate the importance of theological reflection, of exact and precise theological thought; it remains absolutely necessary. But to move from here to disdain or to reject the impact produced by the response of the heart in the encounter with beauty as a true form of knowledge would impoverish us and dry up our faith and our theology. We must rediscover this form of knowledge; it is a pressing need of our time.’ – Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s (Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s) The Contemplation of Beauty
Our website is inspired by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s writings on how the beautiful wounds and profoundly pierces the deepest longings of our hearts. Our website is also inspired by the Bernini’s sculpture of St. Teresa of Avila being pierced by the love of God. The sculpture is based on her writings related to the extreme ecstasy that she experienced in prayer. St. Teresa described an angel carrying a fire-tipped spear, which pierced her heart repeatedly and sent her into a state of spiritual rapture. She writes,
“The pain was so severe that it made me utter several moans. The sweetness it caused by this intense pain is so extreme that one cannot possibly wish it to cease, nor is one’s soul then content with anything but God.” (The Life of Saint Teresa of Avila by Herself, Ch. 29).
So, the arrows in our logo aren’t just another hip, millennial addition to our blog because we ran out of creative juices late one night. The arrows symbolize Christ’s love piercing our hearts and offer a visual reminder about what Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI writes about: the beautiful wounds.
We’re married, we’re both ENFJs, we’re both cholerics and we’re both the oldest in our families. So, you know God is working overtime in the graces department in our marriage (kidding). We’re doing our best to live one day at a time, although our Type A hearts would like to have everything regimented and color-coded in Google calendar, and we’re seeking out God in the little moments of the day as best we can.
By day, we work in the 3D printing and healthcare industries. In our free time, we dabble, create & daydream. We enjoy watching Man in the High Castle (okay, so sometimes we binge watch it), hiking together at state parks, hosting friends for dinners and game nights, hitting the snooze button on our alarm a few too many times (we’re working on it), baking donuts, coming up with new homemade granola recipes, listening to podcasts (check out our favorites), drinking copious amounts of coffee and scoring coupons for Papa Murphy’s pizzas (so worth it).
We’re not here to post our perfect lattes or date nights, but to seek out and share the beautiful moments that point to something so much bigger and more beautiful than ourselves. We fight, we fail, and above all, we love, and we ask God to continually pour His ever-abundant mercy and grace upon us so that we can love each other better and more selflessly. It’s hard. We’re not perfect. And we’re not about to Instagram a perfect life. Ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat.
We also have to give a shout-out to an amazing community that we’re a part of that has helped us to grow in our faith life as a couple so much. The Catholic Advance Movement is a part of the order, Pro Ecclesia Sancta, and the amount of formation and guidance they have offered us so lovingly and selflessly has been such an incredible gift, especially in our first year of marriage. If you’re interested in learning more, check out the videos about who we are as a movement and about the charism of our movement.
This website was a creative endeavor that we’ve daydreamed about and we know that the Holy Spirit placed on our hearts, so we can’t take credit for it. We’re here to share the beautiful that we encounter and to share others’ stories of beauty to inspire all of us to live for more – for the greater glory of God!
Where to next?
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati said: “The higher we go, the better we shall hear the voice of Christ. Verso l’alto!” That’s our family motto and we’re inviting you to join us on the journey to climb the rugged terrains of life together to pursue Christ on the path to our eternal home in Heaven. Our hope & prayer is that you will leave this website ready to adventure on your own to better understand the ways in which beauty speaks to the deepest realities and desires of your own heart in order to better live out the specific mission that Christ has made you for.
Venerable Fulton Sheen, St. Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Pope St. John Paul II, St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta & Sts. Peter & Paul, pray for us.
David & Bridget, Co-Founders
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