(A)ccording to Princeton law professor and Catholic Robert P. George on Facebook, another leading academic swam the Tiber!David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor of Philosophy and Professor in the College at the University of Chicago Dr. Candace Vogler was received into the Catholic Church this week. (Laudetur Iesus Christus!)George says (Dr. Vogler) is a “major American intellectual” and is “a scholar of moral philosophy and a leading authority on the thought of John Stuart Mill and Elizabeth Anscombe.” He adds: “She has also written on Aristotle, Kant, and Marx and on many of the substantive issues addressed in the thought of these figures.”George repeated what he wrote when he announced the recent conversion of Harvard law professor Adrian Vermeule: “How the Church, weakened and wounded as she is at this historical moment (with the worst of her wounds being self-inflicted), continues to attract such extraordinary men and women is, to me, well . . . a miracle.”
We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.