Beauty: The true measurement of Truth

Truth, Beauty and Goodness are three philosophical principles which stand as the greatest measuring tool to understanding. In times past, philosophers , and even scientists, have tried to define these three in different ways, yet nothing can quite explain their phenomenon but by their own internal unity. Beauty is seen in that which is Good, and that which is Good is found to be the Truth, which in turn reveals objective Beauty.

We see something similar in our Christian faith, we see Christ. Our Savior teaches us that “Only God is Good” (Mt 19:17). This is very important to understand because when we consider this measuring tool we are able to come to some deep conclusions. If God is Good then he must be Truth and he must be Beauty. At which point we can only look to creation to see how beautiful God must be, how awesome the incomprehensible God. For we see the mountain ranges of the Blue Ridge, the lakes of the Midwest and the great mountains and trees of the West and we can clearly see, that the hand that painted this picture must truly be awesome and beautiful.

When we come to Truth, people all want to have their own truth. Yet, a subjective truth is not truth but perception. Truth by its very nature has no contraries and is in harmony with all things. Here we speak of objective truth, this is the truth of Christ. Christ says “I am the way, the truth, the life” (John 14:6). Here he is not talking of a subjective truth of himself, but he declares for us that he is the objective truth of reality. Therefore, wherever we find beauty, and goodness, objective truth is there and he is as well.

In my Catholic faith, such beauty is found in so many places, but it is found only in one place in its objective form, the Eucharist. Only the Catholic faith has the teaching that the substance of the bread and wine becomes Jesus Christ. This is not a relative or subjective truth, it is not opinion. Even if you do not believe it does not stop the reality of what is, that the bread and wine ARE Jesus Christ on the altar, here to bring to us eternal life. We can read this from St Paul in the first letter to the Corinthians. The beauty of the mass, the traditions around the Eucharist, the prayers, the people who gather daily to partake and adore, are witnesses to this reality, that this is Jesus Christ, whole and entire.

If you struggle with this teaching, ask God for his grace to understand. Do not be the disciple who walked away after Jesus’s discourse in John 6, but rather be like unto Peter who said, “where would we go, Lord?You have the words of eternal life.” (John 6:68). I challenge you to find a Deacon or Priest of the Church and speak to him about these things and seek understanding through the beauty of Christ in the Eucharist.

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