Re c o n s i d e r at i o n s Dietrich von Hildebrand What importance is to be attributed to beauty in the life of a Christian? What role should it play in the life of those who have been redeemed? What is the relationship between redemption and beauty? Did beauty lose its significance after the redemption? Here we are not speaking of beauty in the general sense of the word or, as I may say, about metaphysical beauty.When we are profoundly affected by the beauty of purity, when the Church in her liturgy exclaims, "How beautiful is the chaste generation with splendour," or, again, when we speak of the beauty acquired by a soul through humility, then we are concentrating on metaphysical beauty, which is an aura, a refulgence, a radiance of the inner qualities of these virtues. It is a beauty which St. Augustine calls "splendor veri," and which is, as it were, a radiation of every genuine quality that adheres to every good in the sum of its qualities. This beauty is not our problem. Its relationship to the redemption, its function in the life of the Christian is not problematic.
Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture – Logos: Journal of Catholic Thought & Culture
Published: May 1, 2001