I was recently blessed with experiencing a much needed, very relaxing fall beach vacation with my family. The grandeur of the ocean, and endless shoreline is always breathtaking to me. It moved my heart and soul. This time I sat out in awe of the true, the good and the beautiful that my God had prepared for me. It was just me and God (it was LATE, the crew was asleep), it was wonderful. Unfortunately, the dark did not permit me to capture the beauty of the ocean and waves with my camera. I did get these evening shots though.
There is too much “beauty” in this bottom picture featuring 4 of my 5 boys!
Being in God’s presence brought to mind how He is truth, good, and beauty. These three classically considered transcendentals have universal application, that go beyond the contingent and the “accidental” (philosophically) elements of our humble human experience but not beyond our ability to know. If you are like me, philosophical talk will make your head hurt, but if you are up for a mental challenge, definitely explore the writings of the great philosopher, St. Thomas Aquinas who expounds on this more. Though, I am a realist, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience of God in all His handy artwork, His beauty. We hear things like, “let the music move you”, “experience the art”. I never quite grasped these concepts because I am such a realist. I really don’t have many artistic bones in my body. Though, I actually experienced art, God’s art, in a very surreal way. I share with you an excerpt from catholicculture.org, “In a very interesting recent document entitled The Via Pulchritudinis (The Way of Beauty), the Pontifical Council for Culture put the matter this way: “The work of art is not ‘beauty’ but its expression, and it possesses an intrinsic character of universality if it obeys the canons, which naturally fluctuate for all art is tied to a culture. Artistic beauty provokes interior emotion, it silently arouses astonishment and leads to an ‘exit from self’, an ecstasy” (section III.2, The Beauty of the Arts). It is for this reason that beauty is indeed a transcendental, like truth and goodness (beauty has been called “the splendor of truth”), and it is the definitive note of the beautiful that it directly opens our hearts in various ways to the universal. Ultimately, but not necessarily completely or all at once, it opens us to God.”
I was opened to God! I am hear to tell you that God loves us immensely. We are so blessed! He has given us countless gifts, they are all around us. Hard to see in there fullness sometimes, but they are there. Join me in seeking His gifts in those simple and mundane human experiences that we call our daily life! Let it open our hearts!