"You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world." -1 John 4:4
"Provide moneybags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also your heart will be.'" -Luke 12: 32-34
"Every creature, and in particular every human person, is the fruit of God's thought, and an act of his love, a love that is boundless, faithful, and everlasting..." -Pope Benedict XVI
"Too often, though, the beauty that is thrust upon us is illusory and deceitful, superficial and blinding, leaving the onlooker dazed; instead of bringing him out of himself and opening him up to horizons of true freedom as it draws him aloft, it imprisons him within himself and further enslaves him, depriving him of hope and joy….
"Authentic beauty, however, unlocks the yearning of the human heart, the profound desire to know, to love, to go towards the Other, to reach for the Beyond. If we acknowledge that beauty touches us intimately, that it wounds us, that it opens our eyes, then we rediscover the joy of seeing, of being able to grasp the profound meaning of our existence."
-Pope Benedict XVI in his letter Meeting with Artists