Where do you see the True, the Good, and the Beautiful?

This past weekend two dear friends from college got hitched in the Hill Country. The wildflower-themed ranch wedding was impeccably executed and beautifully reflected the couples’ core values, which include a passionate pursuit to see and integrate the True, the Good, and the Beautiful (the “transcendental ideals”) in their daily lives. Not only was the celebration layered with meaning, but gathering around tables of tasty Tex-Mex and BBQ to tell tales about the goofy pair also brought tons of belly laughs.

After hanging out with certain people I walk away feeling changed for the better. Shannon and Kellen (the featured couple), as well as several of their wedding guests, are some of those people. By being  in their presence the past few days, I feel a bit more awake to the recognize the True, Good, and Beautiful in my own life.

These three ideals became important to Shannon and Kellen while they were studying under the philosopher, professor, and author Peter Kreeft at our alma mater, The King’s College. In Kreeft’s words,

      There are three things that shall never die: Truth, and Goodness, and Beauty. These are the three things we all need, and need absolutely, and know we need, and know we need absolutely. Our minds want not only some truth and some falsehood, but all truth without limit. Our wills want not only some good and some evil, but all good, without limit. Our desires, imaginations, feelings or hearts want not just some beauty and some ugliness, but all beauty, without limit. 

      For these are the only three things that we never get bored with, and never will, for all eternity, because they are the three attributes of God, and therefore all God’s creation: three transcendental or absolutely universal properties of all reality. 

That’s a tiny taste of Kreeft’s thoughts on the topic. (If interested, you can read more in his book C.S. Lewis as Philosopher or listen to his lecture entitled Good, True, Beautiful.)

Anyhow, in hindsight I recognize that these three eternal elements of the divine did indeed pervade the weekend. The purity and radiance of the bride in her simple, white gown; the vast, star-spotted skies; the vows to love loyally for a lifetime; the late-night gabs and giggles; the anticipation dancing in the couples’ eyes; the cool streams meandering through lush, rolling hills; the joyful reunion of old friends; the fragrance of the flowers and flavors of the food; the deep-toned plucks upon the cello’s strings; the soft tears slipping down the groom’s cheeks and chin… God’s attributes were to be found all around. While the reality of God’s baffling Love was described using clear, straightforward words during the ceremony, it was His subtle, surprising, and mysterious whispers throughout the weekend that affected me much more.

Where do you see the True, the Good, and the Beautiful?