“Art saves souls.”

That’s what my friend declared matter-of-factly after I told her my insecurities about studying art instead of doctoring. Art isn’t important. It doesn’t save lives.

No. Art saves souls.

‘And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.’
Luke 1:46-49

My mentor said that sometimes in scripture when you find yourself among a powerful set of words, it’s good to pitch your tent and stay there a while.

Mary’s words are indeed powerful: “My soul magnifies the Lord.”

What does it mean to magnify the Lord? And what does it look like for a soul to do that? And what role can art play in magnifying the Lord via the soul? And what the heck even is a soul?

I think I’ll keep my tent pitched here a little longer.

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