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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.
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First Mysteries of the Rosary and Covetousness

I use the following set of demands when praying the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary:
1. Annunciation – Humility
2. Visitation – Charity
3. Birth of the Savior – Detachment
4. Presentation at the Temple – Purity of mind and body
5. Finding in the Temple – Obedience

First things first in the twenty Mysteries proposed to our meditation: the fruits asked for in the first chaplet of the Rosary are the exact contrary to the threefold concupiscence, particularly pride, the gravest form of which is called by St. Thomas “the blackest of sins”.

André Frossard wrote that the Virgin Mary is the Evangelic figure of intelligence. She is indeed the one example of a human creature preserved from the irrationality of sin and free to live the perfectly virtuous life God intended for us all. She is the New Eve, where the New Adam could rise.

Thus the Rosary, this eminently Evangelic prayer, leads us to contemplate the essential virtues of the Blessed Virgin and ask in all humility to be bestowed them in our turn.
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