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On The Transcendentals of Being

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.

Mass in the Ordinary Form, ad orientem

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Christie-centric: the small world of Governor Chris Christie.

A very large problem for Catholics has been and continues to be Catholics who refer to themselves as Catholics but act like they are pagans.

When a so-called Catholic politician elevates duty to the state above duty to God by suppressing freedom of conscience,
said politician is little different than a despot.
LifeSiteNews reports:
TRENTON, NJ, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Chris Christie is not known for nuance. This time, he has turned his fiery personality loose on county clerks and other officials who have religious objections to performing same-sex “marriages.”
In a tone usually reserved for busting teachers' unions, Christie told clerks who hold traditional values, “You took the job, and you took the oath.” He would offer no exemption for an individual whose conscience would not allow him to participate in a union the vast majority of the world's religions deem sinful.
“When you go back and re-read the oath it doesn’t give you an out. You have to do it,” he said. (And if Christie's "demands are contrary to those of an upright conscience"...? Refer to citation below: CCC 2242)
He told a reporter that there “might” be “individual circumstances” that “merit some examination, but none that come immediately to mind for me.” (It seems Gov. Christie has forgotten what it means to be Catholic. He requires a refresher course or two on Catholicism.)
“I think for folks who are in the government world, they kind of have to do their job, whether you agree with the law or you don’t,” the pugnacious governor said. (Perhaps Christie and other cafeteria types should pay more attention to the example of a Catholic Governor who actually understands and embraces the obligations attached to being Catholic. click HERE)
It's a small(minded) world after all.

Dear American cousins, do Governor Christie's remarks sound like a freedom-loving God-fearing person of goodwill, or do his remarks expose him as someone who advocates the suppression of inalienable rights? The last sentence cited above should be evidence enough to convince Catholic voters, at least, not to support someone who denies the very tenets of orthodox Christianity. Christie's comments should offend every responsible citizen.

A summary of Governor Christie's remarks:
Governor Christie to Americans: "Keep your religion out of the public square!"
Governor Christie, be thou named Catholic-in-name-only.

Note to Gov. Christie—the Catholic Faith is both a personal and public faith that is lived as Jesus teaches us through Holy Mother Church, not as the state or any misguided individual would have us think and/or behave. That he has forgotten that simple fact is both unsettling and frustrating. Christie's behaviour fits neatly into the Pelosi, Biden, Kennedy Cafeteria-Catholic mould.

One wonders if the outspoken and somewhat brash Governor Christie will appreciate forthright commentary that identifies his behaviour as detestable and that such behaviour puts his soul at risk?

A reminder for faithful Catholics and a challenge to Governor Christie:
The citizen is obliged in conscience not to follow the directives of civil authorities when they are contrary to the demands of the moral order, to the fundamental rights of persons or the teachings of the Gospel. Refusing obedience to civil authorities, when their demands are contrary to those of an upright conscience, finds its justification in the distinction between serving God and serving the political community. "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s." "We must obey God rather than men":
When citizens are under the oppression of a public authority which oversteps its competence, they should still not refuse to give or to do what is objectively demanded of them by the common good; but it is legitimate for them to defend their own rights and those of their fellow citizens against the abuse of this authority within the limits of the natural law and the law of the gospel.—CCC 2242.

Happy 4th to our American cousins!

May God bless America and help the good people of the United States recover their Christian identity so that the original intentions of the Founding Fathers may be affirmed and the authentic meaning of the Constitution may be reclaimed.

Happy Fourth of July 2015!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

When death comes knocking.


There are plenty of online writers who do much better than this blogger by finely parsing their own parade. That is, they use their personal lives to fuel their online scriptorium and they do an excellent job of preserving a glimpse of the Truth that resides in their experiences.

Death is an enemy or a friend. To the faithful, death is the final doorway in the passage to eternal life. To those without faith, death is more often a cruel enemy, a locked door, a dead end street, the end, no light.

Meditating on death keeps one real. Death keeps us from being distracted by trite platitudes that act like a temporary analgesic when what one longs for is complete resolution to the anxiety and or pain. Truth be told, temporary relief is still a comfort, but such momentary suspensions of anguish must lead one to the saving knowledge of the only doctor who can heal one's body, mind and spirit: Jesus Christ, Who gives us the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. Leaving behind material and material consolations and the quest for approval in order to pursue the living God Himself, the promise of salvation Jesus Christ offers is worth living and dying for.
If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.—Letter to the Romans 14:8.
Stay close to Jesus.

What matters most when death comes calling is prayer, intercession, the comfort of real friends who speak the simple language of being with you and being comfortable with your tears and sorrow, of offering personal prayers that God may provide the peace which only He can give. A most comforting prayer is one which commits someone to the care of Jesus and Mary.

In the midst of a relationship crisis, a parishioner once said to me some twenty years ago... "Stay close to Jesus." Her counsel, issued in the form of a declamatory statement, has been a frequent and a guaranteed channel of God's grace. The action of staying close to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, for example, allied to the brief prayer "Jesus, I trust in You", is a channel of immense grace, a channel though which God provides miracles of physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological healing.

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God bless the many people who have been praying for me, my family and especially for the repose of my brother's soul.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Prayers requested.

Please include in your prayers my brother who died last week. A troubled soul, may he finally find a much longed-for peace that eluded him in a life complicated by addiction and mental illness. May the Lord grant him a merciful judgement.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.