In the Beauty of Creation Man Discovers Meaning to Life

In contact with the beauty of the mountains, in the presence of the spectacular grandeur of the peaks, the glaciers, and the immense panoramas, man becomes himself again and discovers that the beauty of the universe does not only glow in the marvelous framework of the outer firmament, but rather attains the inner firmament, the firmament of the soul that allows itself to be illuminated and attempts to give meaning to life. From the things that are contemplated, in fact, the spirit is elevated to God in the breath of prayer and gratitude toward the Creator. 

SPEECH TO DELEGATES OF THE ITALIAN ALPINE CLUB April 26, 1986

(Pope John Paul II, “Love is the Explanation of Everything”, Rizzoli 2011, Page 105)

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