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.

Saint Luke's Ordinariate Parish, Washington, DC - If Ye Love Me (Tallis)

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The land of Lincoln... the Diocese of Lincoln, that is,... versus Vancouver Island.

The Catholic Diocese of Victoria, BC, is roughly the same size as the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, some 99,400 souls (13.5%) of a 737,000 total population, compared to the 97,552 souls of the Catholic population of Lincoln (16.4% of the total population).

2014 stats
Diocesan Priests: 32
Religious Priests: 14
Permanent Deacons: formation program has several men enrolled.
Parishes: 30
Parishioners per priest: 2160
Male Religious: 18
Female Religious: 59
Seminarians: 1 (2 on hiatus).
By contrast, the Diocese of Lincoln:
Diocesan Priests: 141
Religious Priests: 10
Deacons: 2 permanent
Parishes: 134
Parishioners per priest: 646
Seminarians: 49 (4 ordained in May, 2016)
Male Religious: 86
Female Religious: 148
Excepting, of course, the Extraordinary Form Mass and the Ordinariate Mass where there is a constant striving to match the beauty of the earthly Liturgy to the heavenly Liturgy, the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Diocese of Victoria (BC) might be characterized as routinely haphazard with an almost palpable disdain for authentic beauty, sacred music and the liturgical norms. To speak of the nuances associated with a refined ars celebrandi is to invite ridicule and condescension from know-better (c)atholics whose primary interest is making sure the congregation is busy attempting to sing unsingable songs that have little or no place in the Liturgy due to their shoddy composition and shabby texts.

The Central Committee of German (c)atholics.

You may have heard about the Zentralkomitee der deutschen Katholiken, the ZdK. In English, the Central Committee of German Catholics. The ZdK is, by-the-way, an organization funded by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Germany.

Now, if ZdK sounds to you like a Soviet era communist outfit, you wouldn't be alone in that thought. Their behaviour does resemble that of a (not so benevolent) dictator.
May 9th, the ZdK called for the admittance of “remarried” divorcees to the sacraments, for an acceptance of all forms of cohabitation, for the blessing of homosexual couples, and for a “reconsidering of the question of contraception.”
And this is a Catholic group? How?

Russian Orthodox feathers ruffled... again.

Moscow, it seems, never tires of complaining. Or, is that whining? More specifically, the Patriarchate of Moscow never seems to tire of playing the blame game in what appears to be an attempt to portray itself as martyr while at the same time demeaning others.

The shifting of narratives is a common enough practice these days not limited to the Russians. The current American Administration, too, is well versed in the art of deception.

A common scapegoat for the Russian national church is the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church.

His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of Kyiv-Halyč
Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church
2 August 2016
The Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow has stepped up its complaints against Ukrainian Catholic Church, demanding that the next worldwide meeting of Orthodox leaders should discuss the status of Eastern churches that are in communion with Rome.
At the same time, however, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople has issued a statement of friendship for the Ukrainian Catholic Church, welcoming its support for the recent Orthodox council in Crete.

Monday, August 29, 2016

An Aaron Neville moment. Sometimes you just want to 'tell it like it is'.

Respect. Authenticity. Maturity. Conscience conformed to the Truth. Humility. Mortality.

Keepin' 'it' real. Life is short. So, don't mess around. If you render yourself disposable and your life meaningless by allowing yourself to be reduced to a thing ("a toy"), you should not be surprised when you find yourself emotionally and spiritually destitute. So, don't blame the rest of the human race for your intentional slide into oblivion. Man up! Ask for the grace to mature in the ways of God, to grow in holiness.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.—1 Corinthians 13:11
The human heart is a precious jewel. A heart centred on God is a heart living its potential. A person would be right to be furious (righteously angry) with someone who plays lightly with another person's heart.
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.—St. Luke 6:45
There is no denying the wisdom of a conscience well formed, i.e., a conscience formed according to the teaching of Christ. The Magisterium of the Catholic Church hands on faithfully all that Christ said and did. We choose His path of life as taught to us by His Church, or we choose the path of death taught to us by the world. Will pride (and a disordered desire for worldly success) get in the way of choosing Jesus Christ and serving the mission of the Church?
Whereas the aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith.—1 Timothy 1:5