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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.

Omnípotens sempitérne Deus, qui salvas omnes, et néminem vis períre réspice ad ánimas diabólica fraude decéptas; ut omni hærética pravitáte depósita, errántium corda resipíscant, et ad veritátis tuæ rédeant unitátem. Per Christum Dominum nostrum. Amen.

Almighty, eternal God, Who dost save all, and willest not that any should perish, look upon the souls deceived by diabolical fraud, that, abandoning all heretical depravity, the hearts of the erring may regain sanity and return to the unity of truth. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Why Are Catholic Priests Male? The Sacrament of Holy Orders

It is rather odd when you deny the possibility of divorce that you are denounced as Pharisees when the Pharisees permitted divorce. Jesus called them hard-hearted for not defending the truth of marriage.—The Curt Jester [link].

The Pope has the sole authority to restate what God has revealed and has asked for, nothing more. Radicati nella fede, October 2015 Newsletter of the Catholic community of Vocogno, Diocese of Novara, Italy. Rorate Cæli, Translation: Francesca Romana.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

First Bishop for North American Ordinariate

POCSP | source

Good news for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, which encompasses Canada and the United States. Rev. Msgr. Steven J. Lopes has been named the Ordinariate's first bishop!

Ad multos annos!
Catholic Herald [link]
The American Ordinariate has been given its first bishop, the first for any of the Ordinariates around the world.
After consultation with the governing council of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Pope Francis named Mgr Steven Lopes to be the first bishop of the ordinariate, which serves former Anglicans living in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
The appointment of the 40-year-old Bishop-designate Lopes was announced by the Vatican today along with the announcement that Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Mgr Jeffrey Steenson, 63, who had led the Ordinariate since its establishment by Pope Benedict XVI on January 1, 2012.
“This is the happy outcome of much careful consultation with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to whom I first made this request almost a year ago,” Mgr Steenson said in a statement posted on the ordinariate’s website. “I welcome this news with all my heart, for the ordinariate has now progressed to the point where a bishop is much needed for our life and mission.”
The personal ordinariate serves parishes in the United States and Canada, with its offices in Houston, Texas.
Bishop-designate Lopes was born April 22, 1975, in Fremont, California. He studied philosophy at the University of San Francisco and at Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck. He did his seminary studies at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California, and in Rome at the Pontifical North American College. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Thanks be to God for the work and example of Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson!

Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter [link]

Twelve more Christian migrants thrown overboard.

The following story is very similar to one published in April of 2015.
Italian Police: Muslim Migrants Threw Christians Overboard
by Hada Messia, Livia Borghese and Jason Hanna
Posted 2015-11-20 08:48 GMT
Rome (CNN) — Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the 12 were Christians, Italian police said Thursday.
Italian authorities have arrested 15 people on suspicion of murdering the Christians at sea, police in Palermo, Sicily, said.
The original group of 105 people left Libya on Tuesday in a rubber boat. Sometime during the trip north across the Mediterranean Sea, the alleged assailants -- Muslims from the Ivory Coast, Mali and Senegal -- threw the 12 overboard, police said.
Other people on the voyage told police that they themselves were spared "because they strongly opposed the drowning attempt and formed a human chain," Palermo police said.
The boat was intercepted by an Italian navy vessel, which transferred the passengers to a Panamanian-flagged ship. That ship docked in Palermo on Wednesday, after which the arrests were made, police said.
The 12 who died were from Nigeria and Ghana, police said.

And how shall the people of God respond?
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; never be conceited. Repay no one evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends upon you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.—St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 12:14-21
May our Christian brothers and sisters, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.