I hadn't originally intended to publish this post around Valentine's Day; in fact, I hadn't really intended to publish it at all. But I was musing and reflecting the other day (as I so often do), and I thought this brief treatise on beauty might make some sense of the [perceived] bizarreness of entering the seminary and thus entering a life estranged from the companionship of marriage (which is a topic I get asked about fairly often when discussing my vocation).
This reflection is in the form of a letter. I wrote this letter several months before entering seminary because I had a late night spur of insomnia induced creativity where I was just thinking and writing nonstop. When I wrote this letter, I had a particular 'very beautiful girl' in mind that I was writing to, but I realized that the sentiments could apply to really any beautiful girl. Of course, I never intended to give the letter to the person in question; I was merely writing to give creative expression to my thoughts. I have therefore edited the letter a little bit to make it generic and more applicable to the idea of women in general.
There is little else to add to my commentary at this point. Below is the text of the letter in full. Consider it my Valentine card to the Church. Happy Valentine's Day!