|Our Lady of The Rockies|
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.
|Our Lady of The Rockies|
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.
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.
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. [...]
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.
"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.