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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.

New building: Our Lady of the Rockies

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

New Parish Church: Our Lady of the Rockies, Canmore, Alberta.

The parish of Our Lady of the Rockies in Canmore, Alberta. Check out the CBC video above, and visit (click on) the parish link below:
And, if you're feeling in a generous mood, the donation page awaits your contribution to the project of a community that needs a new home.

Our Lady of The Rockies

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ordinariate Mass (Divine Worship: the Missal): Prayer of Thanksgiving

A meditation.

The following prayer serves well the communicant's needs at Holy Communion. We Ordinary Form Catholics might do well to employ it during our personal prayers at Communion.
After Communion, silence may be kept.
Then the Priest standing and the People kneeling, the Priest alone, or the Priest and the People together, say the following:
ALMIGHTY and everliving God, we most heartily thank Thee for that Thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of Thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ; and dost assure us thereby of Thy favour and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of Thy Son, the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of Thy everlasting kingdom, by the merits of the most precious death and Passion of Thy dear Son. And we humbly beseech Thee, O heavenly Father, so to assist us with Thy grace, that we may continue in that holy fellowship, and do all such good works as Thou hast prepared for us to walk in; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with Thee and the Holy Spirit, be all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
Let's look at the prayer piece by piece.

1. "ALMIGHTY and everliving God...". Like all true prayers, this prayer begins with a first focus on God. In this instance, God is addressed as omnipotent Lord. In the midst of life's many trials and tribulations, it is a great comfort knowing that God is in charge.

2. "... we most heartily thank Thee for that Thou dost feed us, in these holy mysteries, with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of Thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ...". Following a recognition of the right ordering of the relationship between Creator and creature, gratitude naturally follows. God sustains us in being. Gratitude is the response of a soul united to God in Christ. If he should take back his spirit to himself, and gather to himself his breath, all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust.—Job 34:14-15. And, the soul truly united to Christ is able to call most precious the Body and Blood of Jesus. This is belief in the Real Presence to which all are called, and all who are called receive the joy of the Resurrection when receiving the very life of Christ.

3. "... and dost assure us thereby of Thy favour and goodness towards us; and that we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of Thy Son, the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs, through hope, of Thy everlasting kingdom, by the merits of the most precious death and Passion of Thy dear Son... ." Goodness and mercy belong to the repentant sinner who receives the Lord and His Church. Jesus and His Church cannot be separated. The true Christian knows this. (T)he household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth.—1 Timothy 3:15. For we who dwell in the Church Christ Himself founded know that Christ and His people are united in the Holy Spirit, faithful to the prayer which Christ Himself prayed to the Father: "(T)hat they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me."—John 17:21. And we are heirs, sons and daughters of God, restored to friendship with God by and in Christ Jesus. Is that not cause for real hope? "(S)o that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life."—Titus 3:7. Of course, we have not earned our salvation. Jesus paid the price of our iniquity and has rescued us death, though He does not force Himself upon us. We must now cooperate with Him and daily be configured to Him through good and holy practices approved by the Church—"Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling(.)"—Philippians 2:12 (see also Guéranger below, bold type).

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Prayer at Holy Communion

A prayer at Holy Communion

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for the gift of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, Whose Body and Blood I have received. See only Him now dwelling under this lowly roof. Grant me the grace to enter more deeply into Jesus' Passion and death so that at the end of my days I many enter into the glory of His resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Austria: a steady stream of muslims converting to the Catholic Faith.

H/T Catholic Herald
In 2016 more than half of converts in Vienna were Muslim, according to reports
An increasing number of Muslim migrants in Austria are converting to Christianity, according to reports.
According to Austrian website Kurier, 83 adults were approved for baptism in Vienna in 2016, with Friederike Dostal of the Austrian Bishops’ Conference estimating that about half of them were Muslims, mainly from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iran. This figure is up from one-third in 2015.
There is expected to be a further rise of Muslim converts in 2017 due to the fact that there has been an increase in the number of refugees arriving in Vienna in recent months and because the conversion process, known as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, takes up to a year to complete.
The Archdiocese in Vienna is handling between five and 10 adult baptism requests per week, Kurier says.
The new Catholics face persecution by their former brethren for converting to Christianity.
Flüchtling konvertiert: "Das könnte mein Todesurteil sein"
Anzahl von muslimischen Flüchtlingen, die konvertieren, ist massiv gestiegen. Immer mehr Muslime lassen sich in Wien taufen. Christoph ist einer von ihnen.
Leila Al-Serori 14.04.2016
Eine schwarze Sonnenbrille verdeckt die Augen, seinen Namen will er aus Angst um seine Familie nicht verraten. "Sie können mich Christoph nennen, das ist mein Taufname." Christoph ist ein älterer Flüchtling aus Afghanistan, seit 2012 lebt er in Österreich. Ende des Jahres wird er Katholik sein, getauft in einer Wiener Kirche: "Das könnte mein Todesurteil sein."
Black sunglasses cover his eyes. Fearing for his family, he does not want his name revealed. "You can call me Christoph, that's my Christian name." Christoph is an elderly refugee from Afghanistan. He has lived in Austria since 2012. At the end of the year he will become Catholic, baptized in a Vienna church: "This could be my death sentence."
In den vergangenen Monaten ist die Anzahl von muslimischen Flüchtlingen, die konvertieren wollen, österreichweit massiv gestiegen. [...] Der Großteil kommt aus dem Iran, Afghanistan und Syrien. [...]
In recent months the number of Muslim refugees who want to convert has increased massively throughout Austria. [...] The majority (of the converts) come from Iran, Afghanistan and Syria. [...]
The period of catechesis for immigrants lasts one full year. This policy attempts to avoid creating nominal Christians (Taufscheinchristen). There is the concern that refugees may be "converting" in an attempt to enhance their chances at obtaining a residence permit from the Asylum Court.
Also Flüchtlinge, die sich dadurch bessere Asylchancen erhoffen. Denn nach österreichischer Rechtslage ist eine Konversion im Asylverfahren zu berücksichtigen, wenn der Religionswechsel Verfolgung im Herkunftsland mit sich bring.
Unlike the mass baptisms of refugees by "free churches", i.e., protestant communities, where an abuse of process is suspected, Catholic catechumens are mentored individually to offer a standard of pastoral care and preparation that is more likely to meet with approval from the Asylum Court. The Catholic response also offers a standard of support that protects the safety and well being of persons, especially in light of the fact that converts are often subject to serious persecution by their former brethren in refugee quarters (flüchtlingsquartieren).
"In Österreich war es einmal sehr sicher für Konvertiten, das hat sich durch die starke Migrationsbewegung geändert. In den Flüchtlingsquartieren kann es auch gefährlich werden, das schreckt viele ab", erklärt Friederike Dostal.
"In Austria, it was once very safe for converts. That has changed due to the strong migration movement. The refugee quarters can also be dangerous, which deters many from" (openly converting) explains Friederike Dostal.
Christoph weiß, dass seine Entscheidung nicht ungefährlich ist, aber er habe sie getroffen. "Das Christentum ist die wahre Religion", sagt er. Der Afghane rückt sich die Sonnenbrille zurecht, legt sie schließlich ganz ab.

"Es gibt kein Zurück für mich."
Christoph knows that his decision is not without danger, but he met her (i.e., the journalist). "Christianity is the true religion," he says. The Afghan adjusts his sunglasses; finally he removes them completely.
"There is no turning back for me."
Christoph, who speaks fluent English, recounts that his journey to Christianity began as a youth in Afghanistan, his home country. When a friend brought him a Bible from Pakistan, he read it in secret. The Taliban arrested him and tortured him. He managed to escape. He eventually returned to his village. His family had fled in time, but it was two years before he heard from them again.

The full article in German is available at the following link:
Thanks be to God that many immigrants are finding the true Faith. May the neophytes—former muslims like Christoph—be an inspiration to all Catholics, especially the lapsed, to re-engage and discover the beauty, truth and goodness of the Catholic Faith.