Transcendental Food

Transcendental Truth, Goodness and Beauty are the food of our main faculties, or ‘powers’, as St. Teresa de Jesus called them: intellect, will and imagination. In a previous post, I pointed out that truth is the food of the intellect. It must be added that the will feeds on goodness and imagination mainly on beauty. All three powers are naturally motivated by love to turn towards their natural food.

As transcendentals are nothing else than the being itself seen from different aspects, they are convertible. Everything is true, good or beautiful in the same measure that it is. Thus anything true is also good and beautiful in the same measure that it is true; anything good is necessarily true and beautiful; and nothing is beautiful that is not also true and good.

Beauty is a particular case though, and this reasoning applies properly only to metaphysical and moral beauty. Indeed, aesthetic beauty and imagination are linked to psycho-physical life, and neither the senses nor the sensitive faculties will exist in eternal life, while intellect and will, wherein reside our personality and likeness to God, are forever.

Love of truth

Love of truth and good is the appetite and the motor of intellectual as well as existential action.

Intellect, named ‘conscience’ when it relates to morality, is the chief power. The will derives its information from conscience to make its decisions, which must necessarily be true and rational in order to be good.

Original sin introduced in us a difficulty for the will to overcome concupiscence and obey conscience faithfully. Thanks to Redemption, the consequences may be reversed if we ask and accept grace to avoid sin or to obtain forgiveness and the strength to improve ourselves. This is possible if the conscience is not obscured by ignorance or the will impeded in some way, above all by habitual sin.

Sinning is in itself the obscuring of conscience by the will presenting an evil, even small, as a good. Imagination and other sensitive faculties often have an important role in the process. A well-formed conscience and a tame will collaborate to prevent this temporary obscuring, or remedy it, if indulged, by repentance. This is the only way to check concupiscence in the long run.

It comes as no surprise that modern secular advocates of objective evils try so desperately to replace truth by relativism. To do so, they work aggressively to discredit the most consistent defenders of truth, the Catholic Church and faithful Catholics, and other Christians who are of the same mind on the matter.

The purpose is to obliterate in every conscience Christ’s words:
Truth will set you free
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